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The enduring legacy of Canada’s racist head tax on Chinese-Canadians

On June 22, 2006, Stephen Harper formally apologized for the head tax of up to $500 levied on 81,000 Chinese immigrants to Canada from 1883 until it was repealed in 1923—when the Chinese Exclusion Act came into law, preventing Chinese people from moving to the country until 1947. William Ging Wee Dere, whose father and grandfather paid the tax, successfully campaigned to redress those measures: Ottawa has apologized and paid $20,000 in compensation to surviving head tax payers and the spouses of deceased ones.
Retired railroad engineer Dere, 70, was born in Taishan, China in 1948 and immigrated to Canada in …read more

Source: Macleans

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