The conditions were brutal, with with over 1000 workers dying as a result of dynamite blasts and landslides.
The Chinese workers only earned between $1 and $2.50 per day. Also unlike the white railroad workers, the Chinese had to pay for their own food, clothing, transportation to the job site, mail, and medical care, leaving barely enough money to send home.
To add insult to injury, Canada adopted a ‘whites-only’ immigration policy, preventing many of their families from joining them in the country they had built.
For this reason among others: Fuck the 150th!