BRITISH COLUMBIA

B.C. Chinese Head Tax Apology: Government To Try Again

11/27/2013 04:00 EST | Updated 01/27/2014 05:59 EST
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VICTORIA - British Columbia's government is once again trying to correct some historical wrongs committed against the province's Chinese community.

An all-party apology over the Chinese head tax fell apart last March when news broke about a controversial ethnic outreach strategy.

The strategy suggested formal apologies in the legislature to ethnic communities for historic wrongs could result in quick wins at the ballot box.

But work has begun again on an new apology, with the Ministry of International Trade announcing it will host community forums to discuss the wording and delivery, as well as legacy efforts.

The first forum will take place in Kamloops in December, and will be followed by January events in Vancouver, Kelowna, Richmond, Prince George, as well as a joint meeting in Burnaby-Coquitlam.

Canada started charging a head tax in the late 1800s to discourage Chinese immigration. The B.C. government supported it and even accepted federal payments.

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