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Canada, Debates of the House of Commons, May 12, 1882, page 1477.
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.


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