During WWII, when Japanese forces invaded Pearl Harbour and Hong Kong, the British Columbian government, along with all its restless citizens, convinced the federal government to intern all persons of Japanese heritage due to the security threats that they posed (Quinlan 134). Under the War Measures Act, they lost their citizenship and were disenfranchised. The children and women were sent to livestock barns in the interior of B.C. while the men were forced to work in labour camps...
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...xtreme pressures from B.C., King’s political agenda, and the racial discrimination against the Japanese. The Japanese Canadians who were interned posed no security threat to Canada. The threat of a Japanese invasion created an atmosphere of anxiety and fear that overcame logicality. William Mackenzie King ignored the injustice to satisfy his political and personal interests. The internment was a racist operation that abused the War Measures Act in order to remove all persons of Japanese heritage from B.C. The Japanese Canadian internment was not a proud moment in history, but it serves as valuable knowledge for Canadians who are in the midst of a similar predicament. Although Canadian soldiers fought in WWII for democracy and freedom, their efforts were in vain from the perspective of Japanese Canadians, as Hitler had won a small, but significant, victory in Canada.
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