Kenji Tokawa lives in Toronto. His poetry has appeared in RicePaper, Generations, Many Mountains Moving and Disability Studies Quarterly.
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Order in Council revoking P.C 5523, dated 29th June, 1942
And P.C. 6885, dated 20th July, 1942 – transfer to the Custo-
dian of the property of persons of the Japanese race evacuated
from the protected areas of B.C.
P. C. 469
AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE AT OTTAWA
TUESDAY, the 19th day of JANUARY, 1943.
THE GOVERNOR GENERAL IN COUNCIL –
WHEREAS by Order in Council dated 29th June, 1942, (P.C. 5523) amended by Order in Council dated 4th August, 1942, (P.C. 6885) Regulations were made imposing certain duties and responsibilities on the Director of Soldier Settlement of Canada in relation to agricultural lands owned by persons of the Japanese race ordinarily resident in the protected areas of British Columbia;
AND WHEREAS the Secretary of State reports that the appraisals of lands contemplated by the said Order in Council as amended have been made and that it is the opinion of the Minister of Mines and Resources to whom the Director of Soldier Settlement of Canada reports under the said Order in Council as amended, that the said Order in Council as amended, should be revoked;
That by Order in Council, dated 20th July, 1942, (P.C. 6247) it was provided that on and after the 1st August, 1942, all unfinished business of the Committee under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Mr. Justice Sidney A. Smith of Vancouver, appointed by Order in Council of 13th January, 1942, (P.C. 288) in respect of vessels or equipment vested in the Custodian under the said Order should be transferred to the Custodian, and the Custodian was vested with all vessels and equipment which had not been disposed of under the supervision of the said Committee;
That since the transfer was effected, question has been raised as to the authority of the Custodian to deal with unfinished business of the said Committee in relation to vessels or equipment disposed of prior to the 1st August, 1942, and it is expedient to remove any doubts in this respect;
That by Orders in Council relating to the property of persons of the Japanese race evacuated from the protected area of British Columbia, the Custodian has been vested with the responsibility of controlling and managing property belonging to persons of the Japanese race who have been evacuated from the protected areas, except deposits of money, shares of stock, debentures, bonds or other securities or other property which the owner on being evacuated from the protected areas was able to take with him; and
That the evacuation of persons of the Japanese race from the protected areas has now been substantially completed and that it is necessary to provide facilities for liquidation of property in appropriate cases.
THEREFORE, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Secretary of State, and concurred in by the Minister of Mines and Resources, the Minister of Pensions and National Health, the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Fisheries, and under the authority of the War Measures Act, Chapter 206 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1927, is pleased to order and doth hereby order as follows:
1. Order in Council, dated 29th July, 1942 (P.C. 5523) and amending Order in Council dated 4th August, 1942, (P.C. 6885) are hereby revoked.
2. Paragraphs numbered 3 and 4 in Order in Council dated 20th July, 1942 (P.C. 6247) are hereby rescinded and the following are substituted therefor:
3. The Custodian may, where he considers it advisable to do so, liquidate, sell or otherwise dispose of any such vessels or equipment on such terms and conditions as he deems advisable; and any agreement entered into or document executed by the Custodian on or after August 1, 1942, and prior to the date of this Order, purporting to be an agreement for, or to be, a transfer, conveyance or other disposition of any such vessel or equipment or of any right, title or interest therein is hereby given full legal validity, force and effect as if the Custodian had full power to enter into such agreement or to execute such document, and as if such vessel or equipment or such right, title or interest therein, as the case may be, had been vested in the Custodian, at the time of the entry into such agreement or the execution of such document.
4. Without restricting the generality of the powers hereinbefore conferred, all unfinished business of the said Committee is hereby transferred to the Custodian and shall be deemed to have been so transferred as on and from the 1st August, 1942.
Whatever, under Orders in Council under the War Measures Act, Chapter 206 of the Revised Statutes of
Canada 1927, the Custodian has been vested with the power and responsibility of controlling and managing any property of person of the Japanese race evacuated from the protected areas, such power and responsibility shall be deemed to include and to have included from the date of the vesting of such property in the Custodian, the power to liquidate, sell, or otherwise dispose of such property and for the purpose of such liquidation, sale or other disposition the Consolidated Regulations Respecting Trading with the Enemy (1939) shall apply mutatis mutandis as if the property belonged to an enemy within the meaning of the said Consolidated Regulations.
Certified to be a true copy.
Clerk of the Privy Council.