The Head Tax Issue: PUTTING “LEGAL LIABILITY” EXCUSE TO REST



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PUTTING "LEGAL LIABILITY" EXCUSE TO REST


TORONTO - January 13, 2006 - The Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) and the
Ontario Coalition for Chinese Head Tax Payers and Families
(OCCHTPF)today re-released
a copy of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, July
9th 2001, ruling that there is no legal liability
for head tax redress but
astrong moral responsibility.

"The desperate last ditch efforts to
mislead voters are getting tiresome," said Avvy Go legal
counsel to the Ontario
Coalition, "So we're printing a copy of the court's decision to settle
theissue once and for all."

This Superior Court decision was upheld by
the Court of Appeal Ontario in September of 2002.
A leave to appeal was
dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada in April 2003.

Minister of State (Multiculturalism) Raymond Chan continues to point to the potential legalliability
if a formal apology is given for 62 years of legislated
racismunder the Head Tax and Chinese
Exclusion Act.

"This is a good reason
why the head tax issue should have been assigned to the Ministry of Justice"
said Susan Eng co-chair of the Ontario Coalition, "I doubt that this
kind of misinformation would have gone on for this long."

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Chinese Canadian National Council
Christine Li, National Executive, (416) 977-9871

Ontario Coalition
Susan Eng, Co-Chair, (416) 960-0312
Avvy Go, Legal Counsel, (416) 971-9674

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