Hanson, Tom. Canadian Press. “Prime Minister Stephan Harper greets Chinese head tax survivor James Pon in Ottawa on June 22, 2006, during a ceremony announcing the government’s official apology for the tax.” CBC News, 19 May, 2016.

Chinese Head Tax Apology. Under much community pressure, Prime Minister Stephan Harper offered an apology to the Chinese community for the implementation of the head tax, which had been originally introduced in 1885. An official directive made in Parliament ordered compensation for the head tax of approximately $20,000 to be paid to survivors or their spouses.