The provincial government has approved an historic motion to apologize for more than 100 racist laws that targeted Chinese-Canadians.
Premier Christy Clark says the apology for racist laws ranging from a ban on voting by Chinese-Canadians until 1947 to the high death toll of Chinese workers is long overdue.
She says, “It’s not about politics…it’s about doing the right thing.”
NDP Leader John Horgan says, “Denying your ability to vote, taking away your property, denigrating the work that you do, putting you at risk every day and then denying your right to citizenship.”
And MLA Jenny Kwan says governments of the day enthusiastically passed racist laws.
She says, “It is tragic that governments of the day tapped into racist sentiments, and even campaigned on them.”
Today’s apology does not include compensation for the Chinese head tax.