Sikh Defence Minister Distorts History to Maintain Sikh Immigration
In recently dedicating a plaque to the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, Harjit Saijan, Canada’s Minister of Defence, has demonstrated his government’s complete ignorance of Canadian history. He also shows that his overall motive is to pressure Canadians into accepting even larger numbers of Sikh immigrants to Canada.
According to the plaque, Canada’s immigration law which included the “continuous journey regulation” was “racially restrictive”: If Saijan, his gullible “Post National State” boss Trudeau and the writer of the plaque’s text had read even the most basic history of the time, they would have discovered that the “continuous journey regulation” was directed at thousands of Japanese low-wage labourers whom the CPR and a Japanese labour contractor schemed to bring to Canada. Japan, which claimed to have a tight rein on its citizens traveling abroad was so embarrassed by the arrival of thousands of its labourers in Canada in 1907, all in contravention of Japanese law, that it quickly accepted Canada’s “Continuous Passage Law”.
In other words, the Japanese believed the “continuous journey law” was a legitimate and just defence of Canadian workers whose economic well-being had long been sabotaged. Japan believed the law had nothing to do with race. In addition, Mackenzie King, Canada’s Deputy Minister of Labour at that time, concluded in his investigation of the Vancouver Riot of 1907 that economic conflict between Asians and Canadians had been an ongoing issue and that Canadian workers of the time were justified in feeling overwhelmed by the arrival in 1907 of close to 12,000 Asian workers.
According to the plaque, the Komagata Maru’s “arrival provoked a strong anti-Asian backlash”. The writers of the text seem completely unaware that a backlash of any kind was justified, particularly the backlash to the Panama Maru incident which occurred in the Fall of 1913. That ship brought 56 East Indians to Canada. Most of that group had forged their documents in order to deceive immigration authorities. With the help of a judge who had repeatedly been drunk on the job, they succeeded in staying in Canada. In the process, they humiliated Canadian authorities and paved the way for other fraudsters to attempt the same action. At the same time, however, the insult made Canada determined not to be humiliated again. The writers of the text make no mention of this humiliation and of its contribution to government attitudes.
The plaque overlooks the fact that the Komagata Maru voyage was the next attempt to humiliate Canada. Gurdit Singh, the organizer of the Komagata Maru voyage, had succeeded in a litigation case in Singapore and thought he could succeed in a Canadian court with a challenge to the “Continuous Passage” law. Singh’s action was spurred by a considerable amount of arrogance. He boasted to British authorities in Hong Kong that if he succeeded in his challenge, he would bring 25,000 other East Indians to Canada. British authorities undoubtedly told Canada about this boast. And Canada became even more resolved not to allow the Komagata Maru passengers to land and thus add to a long list of Chinese and Japanese low-wage labour conflict with Canadian workers.
The plaque also says nothing about the international political environment of the time. Many immigrants from India to British Columbia in 1914 were active supporters of Indian independence from Britain. The British government regarded this network which extended into the U.S. as a threat. Undoubtedly, it was interested in getting Canada to discourage independence activities. One way had to be to limit the number of East Indians in Canada. Another was to spy on Sikh political activities. The Sikhs responded by assassinating one of those spies in Vancouver.
Finally, the plaque will cause many decent Sikhs to cringe. Significantly, the wording on the plaque is written not just in Canada’s official languages of French and English but also in Punjabi. The intent seems to be to raise Punjabi to the position of an official language of Canada—a goal which a number of gauche Sikhs have advocated .
To Saijan and other crude Sikhs, that incident in which 376 Punjabis were refused entry to Canada was a black mark in Canada’s history. Let us remind them that if they are going to talk about black marks in history, they should recall a much more serious event : the Sikh bombing of an Air India plane that resulted in the deaths of 325 Canadians in 1985. That was the largest mass murder in Canadian history. Thanks to a Sikh culture of intimidation, the main Sikh conspirators have never faced justice. And that is just one of a large number of other serious blunders the Sikhs have committed. . .
All of this leads to a crucial point : Saijan should properly be named Canada’s Sikh ‘Invasion Minister”, not Canada’s Defence Minister. Why? Because he clearly sees his role not as a Defender of Canada, but as someone who uses so-called “historic events” to guilt Canada into maintaining a mass immigration invasion from the Punjab and into re-creating a failed Sikh society in Canada.
On behalf of Canadians, we demand an apology from “Post National State” Trudeau who acted in complete ignorance when he apologized to the Sikhs in Parliament on May 18 of 2016 for the Komagata Maru incident and when he consented to the Komagata Maru plaque being placed in Vancouver. The Sikh votes he received in 2015 are the modern version of the Biblical 30 pieces of silver. Trudeau, his government, and many politicians see nothing wrong with selling the soul of Canada to the Punjab or any other place.
On behalf of Canadians, we also demand an apology from “Sikh Invasion” Saijan (and crude Sikhs) and the removal of this historically-inaccurate plaque from Vancouver’s Stanley Park.