IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Statements ~ Formal apology given to Canadians of Chinese origin

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Context : Member's Statements

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, tonight in New Westminster a formal apology will be given by the city to the many residents of Chinese origin for racist, exclusionary policies passed several generations ago. This apology comes after an extensive consultation process with residents that has taken one year to complete, the first such reconciliation process undertaken by a city in Canada. We hope other cities do the same.

Sadly, it was a predecessor who rose in this House as MP for New Westminster who introduced the resolution which led to the infamous law which excluded Chinese immigrants to Canada for decades. The contribution that Chinese Canadians have made to this country is immense. Though it is with sadness that we look at this part of our past, we look with optimism to the future as Canadians of Chinese descent contribute mightily to the building of Canada.

I rise today to formally apologize for the actions of my predecessor and his contribution to the racist and exclusionary policies that were enacted at the time.

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