Oriental Labour: 0050.0439

            Here is the way the Toronto Telegram deals with a question that is now agitating the minds of British Columbians: “Dividends for the few are not the main reasons for a country’s existence, or there would be force in Mr. W.H. Orr’s plea for throwing wide the gates of British Columbia to Asiatic labor.  Comfort for the many should be the ideal of nation builders on this continent, and an open door to Asiatic labor is inconsistent with the maintenance of that ideal.  It must be maddening to the Canadians in British Columbia to be asked to accept the theorizing of Mr. W.H. Orr as a substitute for the opportunity which is taken from him by Chinese or Japanese labor.  The theory of Mr. Orr is that Oriental laborers will find work in developing the resources, which would otherwise remain undeveloped, owing to the high price of white labor.  The fact is that Oriental labor is finding work in the coal mines, in the lumber trade, in other lines of industry which have yielded steady work at fair wages to Canadian labor.  Work which means bread and education and comfort in homes which Canadian labor builds up wherever it gets a chance is the sacrifice which Mr. Orr is willing to make for the sake of his theory that Oriental cheap labor will be ultimately beneficial to Canada.  There are people who say that free silver would be ultimately beneficial to United States.  Mr. Orr vehemently objects to the immediate destruction of his investments for the ultimate benefit of posterity.  Yet Mr. Orr asks his fellow countrymen in British Columbia to submit to the destruction of his own prospects in life for the sake of blessing generations yet unborn with the results of an abundant supply of Oriental cheap labor.

0050.0439: Oriental Labour

Toronto Telegram voices its opinion on British Columbias troubles with oriental cheap labor.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  May 9, 1900
Pages:  1, 2
Publisher:  The Nelson Economist
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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