Editorial: A story of BC. In Moose Jaw.


Tuesday, October 11 2016

There’s a story of British Columbia, but it’s under the ground in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

A story of how one province thought it had too many of ‘those’ people from China, and put pressure on the federal government to kick them out. A story of how once the railway was complete, the federal government caved to provincial pressure. A story of how those people moved east, to the prairies, enduring daily racism, to the point that even those legally in the country joined the illegals living in tunnels under Moose Jaw. Those tunnels became useful during prohibition, as the illegals and Chicago mobsters teamed up to smuggle booze from Canada across the border in to the U.S.

Eventually, as the story goes, an official apology was made, and repairations paid to survivors of the head tax, or their widows. (Two of the survivors, paid in 2006, were 99 and 96 years of age).

We live on this side of history, with the knowledge of how our fellow Canadians were treated was wrong. To live on this side of history is not a privilege.

It is a responsibility, to work to keep such things from happening ever again.