Rename Laurier Avenue in Vancouver, BC

Rename Laurier Avenue in Vancouver, BC

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Alexandra Colombo started this petition to Vancouver City Council

 Laurier Avenue, in Vancouver, BC, celebrates Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s first francophone prime minister. But his legacy as a politician is highly questionable.

As prime minister, he supported and enacted racist policies that affected Indigenous, Asian and black Canadians. 

In 1900, Laurier increased the head tax on Chinese immigrants to $100 per person, and then again to $500 per person a few years later. At the time, he said that “there is not much room for the Chinaman in Canada. He displaces a good Canadian, or a good British subject.”

Laurier also opposed the immigration of black people into Canada. On Aug. 12, 1911, his cabinet approved an order-in-council which stated: “For a period of one year from and after the date hereof the landing in Canada shall be and the same is prohibited of any immigrants belonging to the Negro race, which race is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada.” Laurier’s signature sealed the deal.

Laurier also supported taking land from Indigenous people. He spoke in the House of Commons in 1886 about the nation’s right to take land from “savage nations” because a Canada under Indigenous control would “forever have remained barren and unproductive, but which under civilized rule would afford homes and happiness to teeming millions.”

No street should be named after such a bigot. This is a petition for Vancouver’s city council to change the name of Laurier Avenue to “Tolerance Avenue” and remove the reference to a bigoted and racist Prime Minister who opposed the inclusion of colored people in our great Canadian land.

 

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