Final touches were being made on Tuesday (26 September) to a reception and accommodation center in Montreal for Canada's first batch of expelled Ugandan Asians.
MONTREAL, CANADA (SEPTEMBER 26, 1972) (REUTERS)
GV TRACKING SHOT Around building.
SV PAN from man placing "reception center" sign on doorway.
GV INT. With PAN across sign "bienvenue" "Welciome".
GV INT. Man speaking on telephone at accommodation desk
SV Men sitting at Transport section desk TILT UP to television.
SV Hospital PULL OUT to ambulance and men walking past.
SV Officer pushing cost into hut.
SV Mattresses being placed in truck.
GV PAN Along houses.
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Background: Final touches were being made on Tuesday (26 September) to a reception and accommodation center in Montreal for Canada's first batch of expelled Ugandan Asians.
The first 'plane load was expected to total about 145. Altogether the Canadian Immigration Office in Kampala has accepted 791 Asians, subject to satisfactory medical examinations, but Canada is not fixing any upper limit on the final number of exiles allowed to come.
In Montreal the initial Asian intake will be checked in and housed at Longus Points, a converted army camp. As with Asians already received in Britain, they will be encouraged to find jobs and re-settle in their own homes eventually - and, when they can, repay their air fares to the Canadian government.
Longue Points, on army camp in Montreal, has been repainted and refurbished throughout to accommodate canada's first batch of exiled Ugandan Asians. Altogether there'll be about one-hundred-and-forty-five int eh first 'plane, with another five-hundred-and-fifty in Kampala awaiting final clearance to follow. Canada is imposing no final ceiling on how many Ugandan Asians can come.....the only condition is they pass a medical examination.
Pains have been taken to make the Asians' arrival at Longus Points as informal and as friendly as possible. Like the Asians already received in Britain, they will be accommodated as long as they need to find their own housing and jobs. Their food and shelter is free.... they will, however, be expected to repay their air fares to the Canadian government ad soon as they are able.