Good day, Sir John A Macdonald It is as of how you heard, I am one of the many thousands of Chinese labors that reside in Canada. The community is outraged and infuriated in regards to how we have been treated since our arrival to Canada. Most of us came to Canada in need of jobs, The fair of immigration was far more than expected and the job pay for the CPR caught me off guard, All Chinese people working on the railway get fed rice and salmon which does not have enough nutrition to sustain us, get paid dust compared to white workers, and are treated differently from other people working on the tracks.
I’m not here to complain simply I am here to tell you about these problems and hope you take them into account. Most of us came from one small area near the southern port of Guangzhou, in China’s Guangdong province. Of eight districts in that region, four had rich soil and the cleanest of water. In the other four districts, only 10 percent of the land was usable for growing food crops. All eight districts were relatively populated. The population had jumped suddenly to 28 million people.
Meanwhile, no new ways had been found to increase food collection in the region, so the land could not feed everyone. I could not bear to see my family grow thin and hear their stomachs growl late in the night, we were thinking of moving to somewhere less populated but no matter how hard we looked and worked there was none. Many of my friends and old colleagues came to work as laborers on the Canadian Pacific Railway. We, workers, worked for $1.
00 a day, and from this $1.00 all immigrants had to still pay for food and their camping and cooking gear. White workers did not have to pay for these things even though they were paid more money ($1.50-$2.50 per day).
As well as being paid less, All of us were given the most back-breaking and dangerous work to do. We cleared and graded the railway’s roadbed and blasted tunnels through the rock. There were accidents, fires, and disasters. Landslides and dynamite blasts killed friends. There was no proper medical care and many, depended on herbal cures to help them. A day at work could one day be my last, its what we all do to put food on the table.
When we visited our relatives in China, old friends and colleagues said “you don’t belong here.” and “go back where you came from.” it was clear to us that we were no longer welcome in our home country.
our family has been through many hardships since we’ve moved, and so have other families as well. if you’d please pay attention to new immigrants and work on establishing and helping them get adjusted to a new home and lifestyle that would be greatly appreciated.Sincerely, X Cindy Dharamdial