Friday, June 30, 2023

Greetings from Trudeau and Rodriguez Commemorating on the 100th Anniversary of Chinese Exclusion Act (特鲁多和罗德里格斯在排华法案100周年纪念日的致辞)


Prime Minister


July 1, 2023


(Picture on the top right)


Dear Friends:

I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending today’s event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923.


Also known as the Chinese Exclusion Act, this legislation had a profound and devastating impact on thousands of Chinese newcomers who dreamed of creating a new life in Canada, including those who risked their lives to help build and later maintain the Canadian Pacific Railway. You gather today to pay homage to all those who suffered as a result of the suspension of virtually all Chinese immigration between 1923 and 1947, both those in Canada, as well as their families and loved ones left behind in China.


I would like to thank the members of the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada for spreading awareness of the enduring legacy of this time. Today, we recognize the important contributions that Canadians of Chinese descent have made, and continue to make, to our country’s history, identity and prosperity, and we renew our commitment to building a more fair and inclusive society where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and has an equal opportunity to succeed. Canada is truly a multicultural nation, made stronger and more resilient by our diversity.


Please accept my best wishes for a memorable commemoration.




The Rt. Hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada

(Logo) Minister of Canadian Heritage

Ottawa, Canada K1A 0M5



Every day in Canada, people work hard to build an open, inclusive society that embraces everyone.


Still, we must acknowledge that we have work to do. This includes recognizing the dark chapters in our history when hatred was allowed to take root. This year, we mark the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Immigration Act, more appropriately known as the Chinese Exclusion Act. This legislation ignored the contributions people of Chinese heritage made to our country, most notably their efforts in building the transcontinental railway, and it effectively shut the door on all Chinese newcomers.


As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I applaud the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada for its efforts in ensuring we never forget our history. Events like this give us the opportunity to celebrate Chinese Canadian culture and stand together against discrimination and hate in all its forms.


It reinforces our belief that diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice.



The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez


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