Essay on Why Canada Is A Multi Cultural Country Today

1318 Words Dec 17th, 2015 6 Pages
The Komagata Maru The Komagata Maru has been an important aspect to the life of many individuals because it changed the immigration policy and it is the reason why Canada has become a multi-cultural country today. Canada had a main focus to exclude Chinese, Japanese and Indian immigrants. In 1904, Canada raised the head tax which is a tax on incoming Chinese laborers, to $500 which is equal to two years ' gross earnings of a Chinese laborer here (Hannant). This had made it harder for Chinese, Japanese and Indian immigrants to come as if they moved here they would be put in poverty. Having a head tax stopped many Chinese immigrant but not enough Indian immigrants as Canadian government hoped which had led them to find a new way to keep them out. In 1908, Canadian Government has passed two orders in Council to try and not let Indian immigrants immigrate. It had required Indian immigrants to begin their journey in India and come directly to Canada; however the government discourages all shipping companies from providing a direct passage from India to Canada. The second law was required that each immigrant processes $200 (Pamela, 6). These laws had been made to try and have only white Europeans live in Canada. Not only did Canada make it hard for the immigrant to come but with the few that had been able to come to Canada had been discriminated and had gotten no human rights. “There were between 200 and 300 Sikhs. They have four or five cookhouses and different sized…

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