British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has issued an apology and launched a review after a leaked document showed her government planned to woo ethnic votes with provincial resources.

Deputy Premier Rich Coleman read the statement in the legislature Thursday and later said he should have a good idea within 24 hours of what went wrong and how.

“Some of the things that are in this thing are unacceptable. It blurs the lines, it goes beyond the lines,” Coleman said outside the legislature as he promised to release a written report of the review.

The document caused a firestorm in the provincial legislature Thursday as the NDP continued for the second day to hammer the Liberals over the contents.

The January 2012 document leaked to the NDP and released Wednesday outlines a proposed ethnic outreach plan involving the premier’s office, the multiculturalism ministry, the government caucus and the B.C. Liberal Party.

The 17-page paper includes eight strategy components, including advice for so-called “quick wins” gained by correcting historical wrongs.

“I want to sincerely apologize to British Columbians,” said Clark’s statement.

“The document did not recognize there are lines that cannot be crossed in conducting this outreach and it is unacceptable.”

The statement goes on to say “some of the recommendations are absolutely inappropriate.”

Among the Liberal actions the document recommends is the May 2008 apology to the Indo-Canadian community for the Komagata Maru incident.

The incident dates back to May 1914 when a charter ship with 376 people from India arrived in Vancouver’s harbour. Canadian immigration officials refused to allow the people to disembark.

The ship stayed anchored in the harbour for two months before returning to Calcutta. Upon the ship’s return to India, a riot erupted and 20 people died.

The release of the document has also cast a pall over Liberal plans next month to apologize for the Chinese head tax.

In fact, the Chinese Canadian National Council is now asking the B.C. government to return its share of the tax back to the families from which it was once collected.

The council said about $8.5 million was transferred from the federal government to the B.C. government, and the present value is worth $800 million to $1 billion.

In 2005, the federal government signed a $2.5-million deal to compensate Chinese-Canadians for the head tax applied to Chinese immigrants between 1885-1923, and in 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a formal apology and compensation for the tax.

The document also includes several references to tailoring government and Liberal news to the ethnic media, ensuring there is proper translation.

Use of taxpayer resources for political purposes is forbidden.

“I’ve been in this House almost 20 years,” said New Democrat MLA Mike Farnworth said in question period following the apology. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a government as humbled or humiliated in this fashion.”

NDP House Leader John Horgan said the Liberals’ plan to have the premier’s deputy minister investigate to see if any government resources were inappropriately used falls short. Horgan said only an outsider can do a proper review.

The strategy document dated Jan. 10, 2012, titled Multicultural Strategy Action, was sent by Kim Haakstad, Clark’s deputy chief of staff, to the personal email addresses of eight people, including Pamela Martin, who works for the premier’s office; Brian Bonney, a former government multiculturalism communications director; and former Liberal caucus official Jeff Melland.

The documents state the plan’s strategic objective is to “make sure government caucus and the party are all working toward the same goal and in a co-ordinated and effective manner.”

The leaked strategy reveals plans to outflank the NDP in its approach to handling the ethnic media, with the objective to “match and then exceed the B.C. NDP’s ethnic media efforts in a place of importance equal to that of so-called mainstream media.

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  • Oil Can Harry

    So the Canuck gov’t gave $2.5 million to Asian shakedown artists because their ancestors were charged a head tax over a century ago?

    If they gave in to these hustlers how can they refuse the black “slavery reparations” con artists?

    • The__Bobster

      Can we use document fraud to deport the majority of John’s girlfriends? Yes, they’re so law-abiding.

      http://www.vdare.com/posts/chinese-scribbler-expresses-solidarity-with-illegal-aliens

      As it happened, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire destroyed the city’s hall of records, including birth and immigration records. Conveniently, the disaster
      allowed Chinese to claim they were born here or were related to citizens
      (so-called Paper Sons), and there was no way to prove them liars. Later research
      revealed that every Chinese woman in the city would had to have given birth to 800 sons to account for the number of claimants.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Because it would be a ridiculous claim, considering the number of blacks who sought sanctuary in southern Ontario via the Underground Railroad, and then never bothered leaving after the US emancipation declaration.

      I think the problem was allowing the “me, too” argument that cropped up when they saw the first nations being kowtowed to, and since they have no understanding of Canadian history, saw their special treatment as somehow unfair, and think that EVERYONE who is not white is owed this. Then they turn around and complain to us about stolen land (that the immigrants didn’t have any problem coming to, themselves), not bothering to connect the dots between the land and the “special treatment”.

  • Now I know what they mean by ODIOUS (“Our Diversity Is OUr Strength”): It makes political campaigning so much easier — Just promise Barack Claus style goodies to every race lobby and race-based voting group.

  • sbuffalonative

    …later said he should have a good idea within 24 hours of what went wrong and how.

    What went wrong is that they got caught.

    “The document did not recognize there are lines that cannot be crossed in conducting this outreach and it is unacceptable.”

    The document didn’t recognize? Did the document create itself? Who were the people behind this document?

    Again, they’re only sorry they got caught.

    • Der Typ

      Clearly we need to start registering documents. They are out of control!

  • The__Bobster

    In fact, the Chinese Canadian National Council is now asking the B.C.
    government to return its share of the tax back to the families from
    which it was once collected.

    The council said about $8.5 million was transferred from the federal
    government to the B.C. government, and the present value is worth $800
    million to $1 billion.
    __________

    The Chinese are very inscrutable. They’ve studied the actions of a certain tribe and learned how to use White guilt to extort billions for actions that occurred many decades ago.

  • Nathanwartooth

    This is pretty sick.

    Give away tax payer money for votes.

    I guess nothing new.

  • Paleoconn

    Goes to show you that even the Asians (who PC conservatives pretend are superior to Whites to avoid the white supremacist label) are frauds and shakedown artists.

    • Johnson Engleburger

      Orientals and Jews are the two most genetically superior organisms on the face of the Earth. They enrich every area they go to….with diversity, immigration, and rigging college admissions to favor their own (Ron Unz “the Myth of American Meritocracy”). The only people who have a right to complain about immigration fraudsters are American Indians.

      There, now watch my post never get deleted and watch me never get banned or even warned.

      • Achaean

        No, watch your post get refuted: Ron Unz’s article in American Conservative, “The myth of
        American
        meritocracy: How corrupt are Ivy League admissions?” This forty page
        article shows that Jews are maintaining their over-representation in
        elite universities at a level that is far above levels warranted by
        their academic performance.

        Unz, who is Jewish, estimates that Jews should be around 6% of top
        students, far lower than the 25% found at elite universities, terming
        this gap “totally absurd and ridiculous.”

        “Over the last decade or two,
        meritocracy and Jewish numbers have become opposing
        forces: the stricter the meritocratic standard, the fewer the Jews
        admitted.” Unz notes that, “assuming an admissions system based on
        strictest objective meritocracy, we would expect our elite academic
        institutions to contain nearly five Asians for every Jew;
        but instead, the Jews are far more numerous, in some important cases by
        almost a factor of two. This raises obvious suspicions about the
        fairness of the Ivy League admissions process.”

        The numbers for Jewish over-representation compared to Whites are even
        more striking. “Based on the overall distribution of America’s
        population, it appears that approximately 65–70 percent of America’s
        highest ability students are non-Jewish whites, well over
        ten times the Jewish total of under 6 percent.”

        Whites are highly discriminated against: “Based on reported
        statistics, Jews approximately match or even outnumber non-Jewish whites
        at Harvard and most of the other Ivy League schools, which seems wildly
        disproportionate. Indeed, the official statistics
        indicate that non-Jewish whites at Harvard are America’s most
        under-represented population group, enrolled at a much lower fraction of
        their national population [18%] than blacks or Hispanics, despite
        having far higher academic test scores.”

        • Daisy

          Thanks for the steer, does the article investigate how this is being orchestrated?

  • bigone4u

    Cheap, tinhorn politicians pandering to minorities is not news. Getting caught is. I would love to see this kind of leaked document exposed in the USA and watch the politicians squirm try to save face.

  • Wayne

    This is not politics, this is high treason as sure as siding with an enemy in time of war. They knew exactly what they were doing. They all need to hang.

  • Wayne

    Leftist Bolsheviks only understand one language and that language is violence. Do unto them BEFORE they do unto your descendants.

  • humura

    I thought the New Democrats were to the Left of the Liberals in Canada. If so, perhaps they complaining only because they are jealous. The Libs beat them to the punch in pandering this time.

    • Ragweed

      New Dems are to the left of the Liberals generally, but the Liberals are the party that champions immigration and multiculturalism. The New Democrats are basically a labor/rural party so are not as big on multicult.

  • LHathaway

    “Leftist Bolsheviks only understand one language and that language is violence. Do unto them BEFORE they do unto your descendants”.

    Leftist have longer memories than we do. They’re still obsessed about losing out to the fascists before WWII, which, since fascism was subsequently discredited, only worked to their favor. . .

    The only lesson they seemed to have learned from the fascists and their rise to power is the use of untruthful propaganda and that violence wins. Usually it’s just a strong showing, numbers, and slightly violent acts like how they prevented Jared Taylor from speaking a time or two. They seemed obsessed with having the stronger hand and making a physical showing. For leftists in the West, it would seem they learned the wrong lessons from WWII.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    The Komagata Maru was refused because it broke a “first safe country” law. The Chinese head tax was imposed because the Chinese took deliberate advantage of the stinginess of the railroad barons – the Chinese did not care that they were shutting out white and Native Canadian labour (by allowing themselves to be paid even less than women and children would be), so why should we care about a bunch of dead people who still paid money to come, anyway?

    If anyone should be doing any apologies, it should be India and China to Canadians, for all the immigration fraud and economic looting they’ve done in the past century or so.

    • yeah, but in this era, “evil white racists impose racist tax on poor innocent chinese who just want a better life” better fits the liberal narrative than “Govt imposes tax to curb foreign opportunists and protect canadian workers jobs”
      I wish we had a mexican head tax

  • Achaean

    For an article on the take-over of Vancouver by Asians and Chinese in particular, Google “Multicultural Madness”

  • And this doesn’t happen in the US? google “pigford”, or better yet enter it into AMREN’s search. This same scam was then extended to mexican and women “farmers”

  • jay11

    What about the payout to the people of mongolia who have been prevented from their share of mass immigration to Canada due to some sort of white racism?

  • Ella

    Are they paying out refunds to ghosts now? Most people are deceased and to live in the past is irrational using current tax funds. I guess I should sue the US govt for indentured servitude since I’m so distraught and feel despondent over the fact that my descendents were discriminated against by the English (sarcasm). Life has never been kind and fair -forget it. As liberals try to make life fair, they discriminate against the tax payer and other citizens. We all have a better life today than any of our ancestors who paid the ultimate price.

  • IstvanIN

    What inherent right do Chinese or Indians have to settle in Canada anyway? What is wrong with having a head tax on an alien people? Why should Indians have been allowed in Canada in 1941 just because they showed up? Canada was founded by the British and French, and built by the British. The only true “indigenous” people are those descended from the founding stock, not even the “first nations” should be considered indigenous to Canada, perhaps Northern North America, but not Canada. Too bad the Queen can not just say “off with their heads” and be done with all the traitors to God, King and Country.

  • HadEnough

    It seems very simple to this old white guy. If the Chinese a hundred years ago did not want to pay the Canucks’ head tax, they could have stayed in China. Am I missing something?