On December 7, 1941 came the stunning news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. On December 25 the Japanese forced the surrender of the British garrison at Hong Kong, including two battalions of Canadians. With these shocking events, the fears of a Japanese invasion, fanned by sensationalist press, spread along the Pacific Coast. The RCMP arrested suspected Japanese operatives, impounded 1200 fishing boats and shut down Japanese newspapers and schools.
Western Canadians believed Japanese-Canadians were a threat to the country, so the people of B.C. requested that Prime Minister Mackenzie King abolish everyone of Japanese origin. Mackenzie King was more then willing to abide by the peoples demand, seeing he wanted the votes from British Columbia. Before the Second World War, 22 096 Japanese Canadians had lived in B.C. By October of 1942, 22 000 Japanese individuals had been taken to their homes and shipped to old logging camps throughout the interior of the province. These camps soon became known as internment camps.