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Explaining the screams for easy-to-exploit temporary foreign workers: Canadians are juste too uppity for many low-wage employers




David J. Climenhaga


British Columbia Premier Christy Clark rose in that province’s Legislative Building in Victoria yesterday and apologized for a stream of racist laws and policies that began to be introduced almost a century and a half ago to control and exploit Chinese immigration.

“While the governments which passed these laws and polices acted in a manner that was lawful at the time, today this racist discrimination is seen by British Columbians – represented by all members in this Legislative Assembly – as unacceptable and intolerable,” Ms. Clark told the Legislature.

“We believe this formal apology is required to ensure that closure can be reached on this dark period in our province’s history,” she said, adding that all parties in the Legislature acknowledged “the hardship and suffering our past provincial governments imposed on Chinese Canadians.”

It’s about time someone apologized.

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David J. Climenhaga


Economic sectors

Construction trades helpers and labourers and General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Policy analysis, Current Policy, and Past policies

Target groups

Public awareness, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

Alberta and National relevance

Spheres of activity

History and Political science