Foon Chang presents head tax certificate copy to NDP leader Jack Layton in Vancouver
leader Jack Layton accepts a copy of the Head Tax certifate of Foon
Sing's now deceased father-in-law, with NDP candidate Mary-Woo
Sims – photo Ron Kidd.
At an NDP rally this morning in Vancouver at
Subeez Restaurant. Foon Chang cautiously and courageously approached
NDP federal leader Jack Layton with a copy of the head tax certificate
of her now deceased father-in-law. She is a Chinese language speaker
and unsure of her English language skills.
Mary-Woo Sims, NDP
candidate for Port Moody-Westwood-Coquitlam translated to Jack Layton
that Foon Chang had wanted to give a copy of the certificate to him,
and that she had made a promise to her dying father-in-law that she
would continue to seek redress for him. Jack expressed his thanks to
Foon Chang, and Foon Chang said that she felt deep gratitude in being
able to ask Layton for his support, and that he was willing and
committed to helping resolve a fair redress.
Layton told Foon
Chang that the NDP has been working for 20 years to seek redress in
parliament for head tax payers. He also told her that his wife Olivia
Chow is a head tax redress advocate in Toronto, and said a few words of “thank you” in
both Mandarin and Cantonese.
Foon Chang told me that she is looking foward to the 1pm meeting on
Sunday, Dec 18th, organized by the BC Coalition for Head Tax Payers and
Descendants, to be held at Quan Lung Sai Tong Association at 164 East
picture to follow soon!