Ontario Marks Second Anniversary of Chinese-Canadian Head Tax Redress

    Statement by Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Michael Chan

    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - Today is Chinese-Canadian Head Tax Redress Day -
an annual observance established by a unanimous resolution of the Ontario
    This year, we mark the second anniversary of the federal government's
apology, on behalf of all Canadians, for one of the darkest chapters in our
nation's history - the head tax and the later exclusion of Chinese immigrants.
    This is a day to acknowledge these historic wrongs and learn from the
past. But it is also a day to celebrate the present and look to the future.
    Despite adversity, and despite discriminatory immigration policies,
Chinese Canadians persevered. They built a strong community and they helped
build the prosperous and inclusive country we know today.
    Now we live in a different time and we recognize that diversity is our
greatest strength.
    On this June 22, let us pause to reflect on the work still to be done to
welcome today's generation of immigrants and help them succeed.
    Let us resolve to keep Ontario a place of opportunity for newcomers from
around the world.

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Coralie D'Souza, Minister's Office, (416)
325-6402; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications, (416) 314-7010

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