Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): – Mr. Speaker, approximately 81,000 Chinese Canadians were forced to pay an unjust and discriminatory Head Tax and were then subjected to a racist Chinese Exclusion Act. It is one of the darkest moments in Canadian history and yet today there is still no just and honourable resolution. I cannot imagine what excuse the government has for its failure to act.

Will the Minister commit today to repay and redress this grievous wrong?

Hon. Raymond Chan (Minister of State for Multiculturalism, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada has done a lot to ensure that justice has been done and that the Charter of Rights is in place. We have been talking to the Chinese community to find some solutions to address some of the issues that we have felt sorrow about in the past.