Title: Captain V.C. Best (R.O.)
Subject: Best’s personal history and connection to Japanese Canadians in BC.
Citation: Library and Archives Canada, RG25, vol. 3037, file 4166-40, “Captain V.C. Best (R.O.).”
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Captain V.C. Best was born on 6th September, 1885, and has lived for a considerable number of years at Ganges, Salt Spring Island, B.C. He obtained a commission in the C.A.V.C in January, 1915, went overseas in June, 1915, and remained overseas till October, 1917, being in France from September, 1915, till March 1916. He was discharged as medically unfit in April, 1918, at which date he held the rank of Captain.
From April, 1921, till July, 1924, he held the appointment of District Veterinary Officer, M.D. No. 11.
At the time of his discharge from the C.E.F., Captain Best was offered a pension but refused it on the ground of having sufficient personal means. He appears since then to have become somewhat straitened in circumstances.
Captain Best appears to have made a special study of the Japanese population in British Columbia.
After the outbreak of the present war, at the suggestion of General Ashton, he sent in a number of reports on this subject to the Intelligence Branch of this Department. The reports indicated that he had made himself thoroughly familiar with the subject and was on friendly terms with a number of Japanese living in British Columbia, and seemed to have gained their confidence. He neither asked for nor received any remuneration for these reports.
Captain Best takes a view of the loyalty to Canada on the part of the Japanese in British Columbia, which is possible rather more favourable than that taken by others who have had occasion to study the question. He states his opinions very emphatically, with perhaps something of a lack of balance, but he is quite alive to the possible danger to Canada arising from the present policy of Japan.
It seems likely that he has a better knowledge of the Japanese community in British Columbia than the great majority of Canadians living in that Province, and that he might well be able to render useful service in connection with the registration now contemplated.