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Canada, Debates of the House of Commons, May 12, 1882,
Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's prime minister, defended the recruitment
of Chinese contract workers as necessary for the completion of the Canadian Pacific
Railway. In the same breath, he said that he did not want to encourage their permanent
settlement in Canada.