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Protestors march in Edmonton's Chinatown on Canada Day, July 1st.

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Edmonton Sun, July 2, 2006 (page 5)

HEAD-TAX REDRESS RALLY

Edmonton Sun
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 Place yesterday.

"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 as well.

 
 

Edmonton Sun 2006 (Article)


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