Mis-treatment during World War II of Canadians with Japanese ancestry is illustrated by the story of the Murakami family of Salt Spring Island.

Kimiko Okano was born in Steveston in southwestern BC Canada. Her parents owned fishing boats there and property on Salt Spring Island. She married a person from Japan, Katsuyori Murakami. Together they carried on the example her parents set, of hard work including establishing a farm on Salt Spring Island.

When war began between Japan and the US, the government of Canada forced persons of Japanese ancestry to move away from the coast.
Accomodations in the camps they were sent to were spartan, in many cases proper clothing for the cold weather was not provided.

After the war, many found that their property had been sold, without compensation.
Kimiko and Katsuyori managed to get back to Salt Spring Island and start another farm, raising a productive family.

People from China and Japan were in general very productive residents of Canada. (Katsuyori Murakami is an example of adaptation, as a member of low royalty in Japan he had an easy life, but quickly adapted to the hard work of the Okano family activities in Canada.)
They were treated very badly by the collective. Even if there were a security concern, their callous treatment and taking of property smell of opportunism and corruption. (Even the tough director of the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation did not believe internment was correct. Perhaps he saw better ways to counter any threat - I note that good people would tip authorities off to infiltrators, and that communications could be intercepted in those days (to be effective spies have to send information to their masters).

Canada has a sorry history of protectionism, including forcing persons of Japanese ancestry to get out of fishing due to complaints from others about their success. The city of Vancouver BC forbid companies from hiring persons of Asian ancestry if they wanted to use the docks in Vancouver, which were controlled by the government. Victoria city did not adequately police the "Chinatown" area there, so residents had to organize their own security. Some of the same mentality still exists, such as in complaints a few years ago that Hutterite/Mennonite farms in Alberta were unfair competition. (In reality they were just well organized operations by people connected by a belief system, rather than only by family or the buddy networks common in business including farming. You might think the complainers were Marxists by their fixed-pie thinking. Note the Hutterite/Mennonite groups were doing what many farmers on the Prairies advocate in the form of Co-operatives" - joining together to accomplish more for themselves.)

It's another example of what is in effect mob action - tyranny of the majority. Why do people think that collectivism, whether in the Marxist or Mercantilist flavour, is a proper approach to society?
History shows that individual freedom supported by defense and justice systems feed and foster humans. That system judges people on "content of character", to quote the famous words of Martin Luther King Jr.

Very troubling is that some people try to take advantage of feelings of unfairness to justify controlling people in other ways. One movement calls itself "progressive" , a false label neo-Marxists are shifting back to. Their activists aid the enemies of Jews in the Middle East, excuse violence as "protest" (sometimes fomenting it by rhetoric while appearing to keep their own hands clean), advocate jailing of people who don't do what they want, even advocating tattoing people who don't accept their blame-humans-for-climate scam. Some of their activities, stated beliefs, and the roots of their support for enemies of Jews are detailed in my New Left page.

Very troubling is that the rot creeps into police and judiciary. Read, for example, articles by Beverley Bussan when she was boss of the RCMP in western and northwestern Canada. (I view that as an example of "Post Modernism", which is effectively another brand of neo-Marxists.)

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