REDRESS TRAIN arrives in Ottawa

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For Immediate Release 

June 21, 2006
 

Redress Train Arrives in Ottawa

 
Toronto/Vancouver/Ottawa – Chinese Canadians aboard the Redress
Train have now arrived in Ottawa
to witness the Government of Canada issue a formal apology on Thursday to the head
tax families and Chinese Canadian community for the injustices of the Head Tax
and Chinese Exclusion Act.

The Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) delegation is led by
Colleen Hua, CCNC National President and includes Dr. Joseph Wong, Founding
CCNC President; Victor Wong, CCNC Executive Director and former Chair of the BC
Coalition of Head Tax Payers, Spouses and Descendants; George Lau, Co-Chair of
the Ontario Coalition of Chinese Head Tax Payers and Families and Gary Yee,
former CCNC National President.

CCNC has designated spokespersons at venues in Toronto
and Vancouver where families can congregate for
the simultaneous broadcast of the Ottawa
proceedings on Thursday:

Toronto:
Westin Harbour Castle at 3:00 pm (EDT)

CCNC Spokesperson: Cynthia
Pay

Vancouver:
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
at 12:00 noon (PDT)

CCNC Spokesperson: Sid
Tan

CCNC has learned that the Government will arrange for an outdoor tent
and TV hookup outside of the Parliament Buildings tomorrow as well for those
who are unable to find a seat inside.

CCNC – Ottawa will host a banquet
after the events on Parliament Hill at the Chu Shing
Restaurant at 691 Somerset
Street West in Ottawa on Thursday evening at 6pm. The contact
person is Ms. Willy Lee at (613) 738-8888.

CCNC is a national human rights organization with 27 chapters across Canada.
CCNC and other redress-seeking groups across Canada have pressed successive
Federal Governments since 1984 to provide redress for the Chinese Head Tax 1885
-1923, Newfoundland Head Tax 1906 – 1949 and the Chinese Exclusion Act 1923 –
1947.

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For more
information please contact:

Colleen Hua (647)
299-1775

Dr. Joseph Wong,
(416) 806-0082

Sid Tan, (604)
783-1853

Victor Wong, (416)
977-9871 or (647) 285-2262

Cynthia Pay, (416) 531-2411 ext 228

 

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