march in Edmonton's Chinatown on Canada Day, July 1st.
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Edmonton Sun, July 2, 2006 (page 5)
July 2, 2006
Dozens of Edmonton descendants of Chinese immigrants who were forced
to pay a federal head tax protested Ottawa's redress package outside Canada
"Our message today to the Conservative government is very clear -
we want redress now and we want it before the next federal election,"
said Kenda Gee, Edmonton co-chairman of the Chinese Canadian Redress Alliance.
Yesterday's protest came slightly more than a week after Prime Minister
Stephen Harper apologized and offered compensation for what he called
"a great injustice" - the head tax once imposed on Chinese immigrants
and a subsequent 24-year ban on immigration from China.
The Conservative government is offering a $20,000 payment to each of the
roughly 20 surviving head-tax payers and approximately 250 spouses of
deceased payers. But Chinese-Canadian redress groups are demanding the
roughly 4,000 elderly, surviving children of head-tax payers be compensated