Throne Speech: “The Government will act in Parliament to offer an apology for the Chinese Head Tax”
It's there. An apology for the Chinese Head Tax, placed only
against ethnic Chinese, from anywhere in the world. An apology
for the head tax that began in 1887 and sparked 62 years of legislated
racism, placed only against ethnic Chinese. No word on a tax
refund though, or a symbolic compensation.
$500 in 1925 could buy a nice sized house, maybe two? And today the cash equivalent would be….
But it's there… 15 words. Not the 66 words about the role of our soldiers in Afghanistan.
But it's there… Buried in the conclusion between the Bank Act
and significant treaties… Not in the section titled “A Canada That Works for All of Us” or “
– Strong, United, Independent and Free”
from the Throne
Government's clear and focused agenda reflects its commitment to Canadians. It
will not try to do all things at once. Instead, the Government will work
diligently to make tangible improvements that contribute to stronger families
and safer communities, and a stronger country.
this Thirty-Ninth Parliament, the Government will be bringing forward fiscally
responsible budgets and a legislative program that will achieve the results
that Canadians expect from their elected representatives. In this work, it will
rely on the support and counsel of a dedicated and professional Public Service.
In turn, it will give the Public Service the leadership and tools it needs to
excel in the service of Canadians. Recognizing the important role of
parliamentarians, members of Parliament will be asked to conduct comprehensive reviews of key federal
legislation, including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the
Anti-Terrorism Act and the Bank Act. The Government will act in Parliament to
offer an apology for the Chinese Head Tax. Significant international treaties
will be submitted for votes in Parliament.