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Government Agent
LILLOOET By
PETITION.
To ^Ae Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Provincial Souse of Parliament, in
V ictoria, of the Province of British Columbia, in Parliament assembled.
Setteth forth:
It being the already expressed opinion of the citizens of Victoria, as per copy herewith of a certain petition dated 11th February, 188), signed by the Mayor of Victoria
and all the Councillors of Victoria City, and transmitted to the Dominion House;
Also as set forth by other petitions of a like nature, signed by other Municipal
Councils in this Province and by the Anti-Chinese Association, and sent to the Dominion
Parliament at Ottawa, as per copy herewith;
Your Petitioners representing this feeling universally prevalent in this district and
Province against the further immigration of Chinese,
Humbly state, that understanding and appreciating the difficulty of direct legislation, proved by yoiir Bill to tax Chinamen forty dollars per head having been pronounced illegal by the Supreme Court of this Province,
We being still determined to oppose the terrible evil of Mongolian usurpation,
monopoly of all our industries, and, with cheap labour, the future deprivation of our
lands, thus dispossessing our own flesh and blood and congenial races, and to guard
against a miscarriage, wrong presentation, misapprehension, and to avoid the possibility
of failure in any shape of our obtaining the happy result of British Columbia and the
Dominion of Canada for the white man;
We respectfully ask your Honourable Body to pass such a measure, Eesolution, or
Bill as you in your wisdom shall decide, in order to abate the evil complained of and
stop the future immigration of Chinese to this country, and to use such necessary means
as will make your Act effectual and successful.
Your Petitioners would also request your Honourable Body to cause to be taxed
all workmen in mining claims, so that the Chinese miner working for wages will be
required to pay a tax into the coffers of the Government for that privilege.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.
Dated this 12th day of April, 1880,
Signed for and on behalf of the Anti-Chinese Association.
Noah Shakespeare,
President.
F.  L.  TUCKMELD,
Secretary.

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