Dealing With Alien Enemies.
We remarked last week upon the agitation which had been raised in various quarters in Canada for placing a strict hand on alien enemies in the Dominion. Since then definite action has been taken by the Government. An Order-in-Council has been passed requiring the registration of all Germans and Austrians within thirty days. Those not of military age will be given permits to leave the country, while others will be required to report regularly and will be kept under observation. Those whom it is not thought desirable to leave at liberty, or who are unable to provide their own means of livelihood, will be handed over to the military authorities as prisoners of war. Concentration camps are to be established at certain points, and various schemes are under consideration for the employment for those under detention. One proposal is that they should be employed in clearing and cutting timber which should be distributed free to needy settlers on the prairies, while another is that they should be put to clearing land and cutting pulp-wood in Northern Ontario.
Still another regulation which has been passed by the Cabinet lays down that only those who have been citizens of the United States for ten years will be allowed to pass freely to and fro across the international boundary. A large number of foreign labourers are already out of employment in Canadian cities and are a certain source of trouble. This regulation should have the effect both of preventing their ranks from being swollen, and also of preventing any large body of Germans and Austrians from entering the Dominion. In conjunction with the other, it should be of some avail in meeting the situation; although the steps taken are probably not so drastic as many could have wished. No doubt the remarkable allegations of German plots are being closely enquired into and their efforts guarded against.