John A. Macdonald. Photo: National Archives of Canada

LETTER: Sir John A(ryan) Macdonald

From reader Claus Lao Schunke

It is necessary to be known that Sir John A. Macdonald’s White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant — WASP — superiority was not focusing on indigenous people only:

“It is not advantageous to the country that the Chinese should come and settle in Canada, producing a mongrel race and interfering very much with white labour in Canada. I do not think it would be of advantage to Canada or any other country occupied by Aryans, for members of the Mongolian race to become permanent inhabitants of the country.” — 1887

This after they built the railway — used and abused — he and his would not have been able to manage without them.

Today such mindset is that of a Nazi. Or supremacist.

Claus Lao Schunke

Chinese-Canadian Historical Society of BC

Nelson

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