Tuesday, January 29, 2008 Cont from last class East European Immigration 1. Laurier, Sifton and peasants in sheepskin coats a. Recruiting the foreigner • Besides English and French German immigrants was the next biggest group, Asians were 1/10 of 1 percent • When Laurier comes to office Canadian immigration hits a dramatic turning point • Sifton was the minister of immigration fro the Laurier government • Sifton wants people with large families and farming background to come and develop Canada’s west • b. Agriculturalists, not laborers or foreign navies • Sifton did not want industrial laborers or skilled laborers
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