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B.C. historical wrongs to Chinese detailed 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

BC NDP MLA Bruce Ralston (left), party leader Adrian Dix (centre) and MLA Jenny Kwan (right) release information "important to the formal apology to B.C.'s Chinese community," at a press conference in Vancouver on Wednesday. 
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BC NDP MLA Bruce Ralston (left), party leader Adrian Dix (centre) and MLA Jenny Kwan (right) release information "important to the formal apology to B.C.'s Chinese community," at a press conference in Vancouver on Wednesday. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

The provincial New Democrats have released a book of legislative wrongs against the Chinese ahead of the B.C. government’s open forum on reconciliation this weekend in Vancouver.

“What we have here is simply a mountain of legislation that was also passed by the B.C. legislature that reflected the view of the time,” BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix said.

“A view of, to put it mildly, that B.C. should be a white man’s province and that Canada should be a white man’s country.”

A large book detailing 89 separate laws from 1872 to 1938 — ranging from legislation that restricted the ability of Chinese to vote to measures to “abate the Chinese evil” by restricting immigration — was posted publicly on Wednesday.

The information would be made available online and the NDP says it would distribute the documents to B.C. schools to educate the younger generation.

The BC Liberals have been embroiled in a so-called “quick wins” scandal ever since it was alleged last year that government staff time was used to devise a plan to apologize for historic government injustices to gain votes in the May election.

The allegations are now under review by a special prosecutor.

The reconciliation, or apology to Chinese-Canadians by the B.C. government itself, is now in the midst of consultations between the Ministry of International Trade and the public.

On Sunday, a community consultation is scheduled at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver between 2 and 4 p.m.

Later this month, similar meetings are being held in Kelowna, Burnaby, Prince George and Richmond.

The government is also taking online feedback at apology.consultation@gov.bc.ca. The BC NDP's "historical wrongs" book can be found at bcndpcaucus.ca/en/reconciliation.

 

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