Gung Hay Fat Choy – It's the year of the Pig!
Norman Tom receives head tax payment in time for Chinese New Year!
Here are some happy stories to start off the new year.
Mr. Norman Tom recieved a ex-gratia payment for his head tax certificate.
Happy end to
By JACK BOLAND, SUN MEDIA
is a Chinese New Year Norman Tom and his family will remember forever.
supported by his wife Jean, their three children and several grandchildren,
smiled as he was presented yesterday — on the eve of the Year of the Pig —
with an apology, handshake and cheque for $20,000 as
he became the 38th Chinese head-tax payer to receive redress from the Canadian
am very happy. I feel wonderful. It is a happy ending,” said Tom, after he
was presented with the cheque from MP Jason Kenney,
Secretary of State, Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity.
he would hand over all the money to his family and two seniors' organizations
he belongs to.
is the kind of man my dad is,” said Wilman Tom.
tax was imposed on Chinese immigrants to
started out as a $50 tax became $500 in 1904 before being repealed in 1923. A total of 81,000 Chinese immigrants paid head taxes worth $23
million. To date, 380 applications have been received and are at various
stages of the assessment process.
Chinese Canadian National Council believes descendants of head tax payers
should also receive redress cheques.
Canada's New Government Provides Ex gratia Payments
, February 17, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley
“I am proud that Canada 's
In presenting the cheque, Mr. Kenney said, ”
An official apology to Chinese Canadians for the Head Tax was made by Prime
The application process for ex gratia symbolic payments for individuals who
The Head Tax was imposed on Chinese immigrants entering