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Report of the Select Committee on the question of Chinese immigration [Government of British Columbia] Mar 28, 1879

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 I.
REPORT   OF   SELECT   COMMITTEE
ON   THE   QUESTION   OF
CHINESE IMMIGRATION.
Your Committee appointed to consider the question of Chinese Immigration as it
affects this Province, and to devise means, if possible, to arrest or materially diminish
it, have felt much embarrassment in framing their report, in consequence of the scanty
information at their command with respect to the views held and the course taken upon
the subject by older communities ; and this embarrassment has rather been increased,
than otherwise, by the recent action of the President of the United States in vetoing an
AntiChinese measure, passed by Congress in the interests of the neighbouring Pacific
States. The measure referred to, as the House is doubtless aware, was not dissimilar
in some of its provisions to the Queensland Act, which received the Imperial sanction
notwithstanding the existing Treaty between Great Britain and China.
It has, however, been admitted that this Legislature has no power to pass the
Queensland Act, as its provisions would interfere with trade and commerce) and thus
conflict with the British North America Act, which confers the regulation of that subject
upon the Dominion Parliament.
As the Australias are now organizing a combined movement to obtain, if possible,
from the Imperial Government such measures of protection against the further influx of
Chinese into their country, the time would seem opportune for united or independent
action on the part of the Dominion in the same direction.
Your Committee have ascertained that several measures of an Anti Chinese tendency,
and more or less restrictive in character, have been passed in New Zealand, and in
"Victoria and other Australian Colonics, but have been disallowed by the Home
Government.
It is, therefore, respectfully suggested that an Address to the Dominion Government should be passed by the House, setting forth the baneful effects of the presence of
Chinese in our midst, and the necessity of such measures being adopted as will effectually prevent their further immigration to the Province.
J. W. Williams,
Chairman.
VICTORIA : Printed by Richard VfOLFEXDES, Govarntiient **rkiter,
at tiu Government Printing Office, Junes' Bay.

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