British Columbia apologizes to Chinese Canadian community for historic wrongs

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Premier Christy Clark introduces a bill that offers formal apology from the province of British Columbia to its Chinese Canadian community for a history of racist laws. (H/T Angry Asian Man) Last Thursday, British Columbia premier Christy Clark introduced a bill to the provincial parliament offering an apology for the province’s contribution to more than a century of historic legislation enacted against the province’s Chinese Canadian community. (For Americans: the premier of a province is the political leader of that province, somewhat equivalent to American governors; one of the main differences is that they hold a seat in the province’s Legislative Assembly and are usually the leader of the political party that holds the majority of seats therein.) While Americans are familiar with the history of federal and state-level laws that were passed in this country targeting Chinese American immigrants, they may be less aware that most of those same laws and ordinances have Canadian counterparts. . . .

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