A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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WATARI DORI: A Bird of Passage
When Japanese Canadians immigrated to Canada they encountered racism and discrimination. B.C. politicians had long been trying to rid their province and Canada of the Japanese minority. When World War II broke out and Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and Hong Kong, they finally had an excuse to do so. Japanese Canadians were forced from their homes and into internment camps because they were considered a threat to "national security." In fact, the removal order was opposed at the time by Canada's senior military and police officers who stated that Japanese Canadians posed no such threat. And no Japanese Canadian was ever charged with disloyalty to Canada.

It wasn't until 1988 that the Canadian government redressed the wrongs suffered by Japanese Canadians during WWII. At the time, polls showed that 63% of Canadians supported redress and 45% favoured individual compensation.

Does a country have a duty to pay for it's past?

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