ASBGAAmerican Sugar Beet Growers Association
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) further reported a somewhat heated exchange between the ASBGA and Japanese representatives at a meeting in late March 1944.
Indeed, when the war was over, their representatives asked the ASBGA for assistance so that they could remain in the area.
While the ASBGA hardly shifted its stance regarding the maintenance of labourers and agricultural productivity as a top priority, the postwar expansion of citizenship slightly altered its tone.
For example, the local Japanese representatives now formed an Alberta chapter of the JCCA and submitted a brief to the ASBGA requesting its cooperation to bring back their fellow Japanese who had been repatriated to Japan after the war.
For example, George Collins, investigating the farmers' conditions, wrote that the ASBGA did not regard Japanese as "useful in caring for livestock" and "would prefer to have the central European type of labour.
While the BCSC representatives bestowed upon the ASBGA the right to administer the labour transfer during the war, federal officers leaned towards the freedom of labourers' movement, advocated by Japanese IDPS.
When IDPS' deportation problems entered the picture after the war, the BCSC pointed out to the ASBGA that due to the time required for the Privy Council's decision, local farmers should be able to keep Japanese labourers at least until the fall harvest of 1946.
All three parties--the ASBGA, the BCSC, and IDPS--saw the labour transfer issue differently.
Thus a common religious faith was a factor that separated pre-war Japanese and other members of the ASBGA.
Japanese-Canadian IDPS, as sugar beet farm labourers, initiated their negotiation with the ASBGA, the BCSC, and the pre-war Japanese-Canadian community based on their own sense of justice and freedom.