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An invitation to our ‘culturally diverse’ region

The Editor,

Dear Mr. O’Toole,

I am a 32-year resident of Chelsea, QC. I am writing to tell you that I am saddened and deeply offended by your candidate Michel Gauthier’s recent Facebook posting about Chinese restaurants. Perhaps you should remind Gauthier about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology in the House of Commons to Chinese Canadians on June 22, 2006 – for decades of discriminatory immigration policies. Gauthier’s posting is a continuation of that history of racist behavior towards Chinese Canadians.

As someone who grew up in Chinese restaurants, this type of ‘joke’ often resulted in people breaking our windows, refusing to pay for their meals, and people verbally and physically abusing our family members. Even micro transgressions become macro very quickly, especially when sanctioned from individuals with politic