Japanese And Japanese Canadian Internment Essay

1035 Words Dec 18th, 2015 5 Pages
World War II was a very difficult time for almost everyone living in either the Allies’ or Axis’ countries, especially for people of Japanese descent living in Canada. The Japanese-Canadian internment is a defining moment in Canada because it shows how poorly the Canadian governments, politicians, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and labour unions treated Japanese-Canadians. They had no freedom; were incarcerated in internment, road, or prisoners-of-war camps; and lastly, were unequal compared to everyone else living in Canada, especially the white people. After Japan bombed the Pearl Harbour and attacked Hong Kong, enemy aliens, racial discrimination and deportation, and restriction were three main terms to describe Japanese-Canadians.

Under the War Measures Act, Japanese-Canadians living in the West Coast of Canada, mainly British Columbia, were interned as enemy aliens. In 1942, Prime Minister William Lyon-Mackenzie King issued series of orders-in-council to evacuate all people of Japanese origin to protective areas. Although Prime Minister King wanted to evacuate Japanese-Canadians, Ian Mackenzie, the federal cabinet minister from British Columbia, was also encouraging King to intern Japanese. Mackenzie suggested transferring “aliens” to work camps without “necessarily” interning them. The federal cabinet emphasized the danger of the white population if “aliens” were not interned. In 1942, a conference was held to deal with this “Japanese problem” and the only…

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