When some six hundred Chinese Canadians returned from defending Canada in the Second World War, they brought not only victory for their country, but returned to their communities the franchise taken from them seventy-one years earlier. In the space of three generations, the Chinese suffered discrimination under the shadow of two federal measures: the Head Tax and the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act.

Community leaders and war veterans lobbied for their civic rights and in 1947, the exclusion act was repealed and Canadian citizenship was granted. The right to vote was finally entrenched and with it, the freedom to work and live as one chooses.