The Prime Minister of Canada Announces Komagata Maru Apology

OTTAWA, April 11, 2016 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that on May 18, 2016, he will make a formal apology in the House of Commons for the Komagata Maru incident.

This year will mark the 102nd anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, where 376 passengers of mostly Sikh descent arrived in Vancouver and were refused entry into Canada due to the discriminatory laws of the time.

The Prime Minister made the announcement at Vaisakhi on the Hill concluding a three day religious ceremony, where Sikh scriptures were read continuously to commemorate Vaisakhi.

Quotes

"As a nation, we should never forget the prejudice suffered by the Sikh community at the hands of the Canadian government of the day. We should not – and we will not."
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"An apology made in the House of Commons will not erase the pain and suffering of those who lived through that shameful experience. But an apology is not only the appropriate action to take, it's the right action to take, and the House is the appropriate place for it to happen." 
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

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SOURCE Prime Minister's Office

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