FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement on 13th anniversary of the Chinese Head Tax Apology:

“Today, Canadians mark the 13th anniversary of an important apology made by the Conservative Government of Canada to the Canadian Chinese community for the grave injustice of the Chinese Head Tax.

“During the 19th century, the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway sparked an influx of Chinese immigration to Canada during the early years of the Dominion. Chinese immigration was beneficial to the development of our country, yet beginning in 1885, the government imposed a discriminatory and onerous ‘head tax,’ on the Chinese, which they were forced to pay to come to Canada. Following the removal of the tax, the Chinese Immigration Act then banned Chinese immigration to Canada from 1923 to 1947.

“This was truly a dark chapter in Canada’s history. Prime Minister Stephen Harper called it a ‘grave injustice’ and ‘one that we are morally obligated to acknowledge’ during his formal apology in the House of Commons on June 22, 2006.

“Today, over one million Canadians of Chinese heritage call Canada home. They have greatly enriched Canada by their contributions and we are grateful for the tremendous dedication that they have shown in helping build our country.

“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to reflect on the important contributions made by Chinese Canadians to our great country.”

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For more information, please contact:

Julie Pham
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(613) 947-9932