Debates of the Senate  
  1st Session, 39th Parliament,Volume 143, Issue 97.
    Tuesday, May 15, 2007
 
60th Anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act
  Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, May 14, 2007, marked the sixtieth anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act. This act, referred to as the "Chinese Exclusion Act," was enacted from 1923 until 1947 and prevented the wives and families of Chinese men in Canada from joining them. Consequently, Chinese immigration was effectively stopped until the act was repealed in 1947.

On June 22, 2006, the Canadian government apologized to Chinese Canadians who paid the head tax and provided funds for redress and for educational activities to acknowledge formally its former regrettable actions and to make reparations. This week, the Chinese Canadian National Council held a press conference here in Ottawa urging the federal government to extend direct redress to descendants of deceased head tax payers whose spouse had also passed away before June 22, 2006.

Honourable senators, let us all remember and celebrate the hard work and remarkable accomplishments of the many, many millions of Chinese Canadians, past and present, who have helped shape our great nation.