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The Interviewer

LIFE IN CANADA. The Rev, George Jackson, formerly of Edinburgh, and now of Toronto, stated in reply to an interviewer iwhom he met while on a visit to England lately “As soon as I reached Canada, X was impressed by the unbounded hopefulness and buoyancy of spirit which is seen among all classes. The people are full of faith in the limx - less possibilities of their great and growing country. As far as lam able to judge the optimism is well based. From one who has exceptional opportunities of knowing I received lately some striking facts about immigration. In the United States when the flood of new settlers was at its height, the numbers never exceeded one per cent., of the total population. In Canada last year the figures w r ere two per cent, and this year they are expected to be three per cent, of the whole. Here is another significant fact. The Chancellor of Victoria University pleaded at the Methodist Conference for a larger supply of w'elleducated ministers, and said that the Methodist church _ in .Canada alone needs 150 fresh ministers if it is to cope with the ever-increasing population, in addition to those required to make good the ordinary ' wear and tear • of the ministry.” “What is the character of these new settlers ?”

"As far as I can judge from personal observation and from opinions expressed by others, they are of a ■very satisfactory type. Canada is anxious to have newcomers of British ancestry, men and women who have been brought up in the homeland. Many thoughtful Canadians dread the effect upon the national life of the lower moral standard held even by settlers from the United States. For example, strict laws have recently been passed on the Question of Sabbath observance. There is a far more stringent adherance to old ways and customs than in the United States.” 'Ms the Canadian Sunday modelled on the old Puritan Sabbath, or on the so-called ‘ Scottish Sabbath’ ?” "Not in its gloomier aspects, certainly,”- replied Mr Jackson ; " out there is a growing desire that one day in seven must be set apart for rest. The sale of newspapers on Sunday is prohibited, and no pleasure steamers are allowed to land from the American side.” OPPORTUNITIES IN CANADA. Turning to the prospects for middle class emigrants as distinct from farmers, miners, and artisans, Mr ’Jackson said that the opportunities for any competent man in any line of business or profession are better than in the Mother-country, always provided he has the indispensable gift of adaptability. But he added with emphasis, "There is no room for the lazy man or the loafer in this new world. We often hear of men being brought befoi’e the magistrates who are let off with a caution, on the understanding time their friends will send them out to Canada. Such men are not wanted in Canada any more than here. The willing, honest worker, on the other hand, will rarely bo out of employment, except perhaps for a short time during an unusually severe winter. Canadians, I may add, are waiting with sympathetic expectancy for the development of Mr Perks’ scheme. Already, at all ports of call, Methodist ch-aplains are on duty for the purpose of helping Methodist immigrants.” LIFE IN CANADA. On the climate of Canada Mr Jackson speaks with enthusiasm. In summer it is possible to pass many hours each day on the verandah with which every house is provided. "These grey skies, this sullen light, are a sad contrast,” he remarked, to Canada's bright summer season. Many people have asked me, ' But how do you stand the winters ?’ There is no question of ‘ standing ’ the winter, providing only that one keeps moving briskly, and wears dress suitable for a temperature of ten to fifteen degrees oelow zero. The atmosphere is so clear and dry that winter in Toronto is a delightful season —far less trying than o ur Edinburgh winter and its keen east winds.”

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The Interviewer, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 21 September 1907

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The Interviewer Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 21 September 1907

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