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- Tony talks
about attempts made by him and a few other men to form
an Italian Association. When World War ll broke out he
was rounded up by authorities because he was an alien.
Many other people who were from Italy, Russia, and the
Ukraine were also rounded up.
- He says that
all people of European descent, other than the British,
were kept down by the government and wider society.
Immigrants were thought to be dumb anyway. People of
Italian descent were not looked upon favorably. Tony
says that even the Germans were treated better than the
Italians at this time.
- Italians in
Edmonton were not being defended by the Italian Consuls
so Tony and his fellow Italians looked after themselves.
He says he learned that from the Canadians.
- Tony does not
regret immigrating to Canada, and that it was his number
- Tony says that
in 1930-32 it was tough going in every way. He talks
about a teacher of German descent running for the Social
Credit Party who promised the people of Canada a $25.00
a month, so they voted for him. The Social Credit Party
of Alberta helped break the chain of the rich making
money off of the poor. He is very happy in Alberta, and
is glad he does not live in the East.
- Tony talks
about how he met his wife. One of his friends was an old
man who had family in Italy. One of his daughters came
over and Tony and her hit it off just fine, so they
became lovers and eventually married.
- Tony jokes that
he was really looking for a cook not a wife. His wife
joins in the fun by saying Tony knew she could cook
before she came over.
- Mrs. Nimis
talks about how hard it was to come over from Italy and
have nothing. She even left a boyfriend in Italy. She
jokes that she fell in love with Tony because he was
better looking than the boyfriend she left in Italy.
- Both Tony and
his wife love living in Alberta.
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