September 23, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Robert George Macpherson



Under the old system there was no chance for girls to come into our country, no chance for young men to come in and, find places in our mills, Hon. gentlemen opposite seem inclined to make a little fun out of this discussion. But 1 can tell him that this means more to us than they imagine. I have seen some of our brightest and best young men leave our country because of this yellow plague. You can go into our mills, and, where you find ten white men you will find thirty-five yellow men-pig-tailed Chinamen .and short haired Japanese. This is a proposition that we are very
much alive to. Unless steps are promptly taken to prevent it, we shall be Hooded with this class of people who can never become citizens of our country. I have no desire to make political capital out of this matter. But I am glad to say we have a head-tax of $500, and I trust it will be provided that any corporation or body of men asking this parliament for aid or asking for any government work shall be forbidden to hire any but white men. I have no objections to the Chinese and Japanese in their own country. But I do strongly object to our country being overrun by a purely Asiatic people. They can never come farther east than British Columbia on account of the climate. Our climate is mild and humid and suits them. But the eastern provinces will never be cursed with them. The hon. member for South Simcoe (Mr. Lennox) need not fear that the Chinese will work on the eastern section because the country is too cold for them. They will remain in the west and swarm around our end of the line. I think I am as charitable as anybody, and I would be far from saying that any people who are now in our country should be denied the right to make a living. I do not employ

either Chinese or Japanese, and I would be glad to see it made so hard for them to make a living that they would prefer to live in some other country. Then we should have more room for white men. I do not care so very much whether they are Douk-hobors for in a generation these classes become good citizens. But this is not true of the Chinese or Japanese for they are of a different blood.

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