Apology for 1939 re­mains im­por­tant

Ottawa Citizen - - OPINION -

Re: Sorry state of af­fairs, May 10

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is ab­so­lutely right in apol­o­giz­ing for Canada’s re­fusal to ac­cept the refugees aboard the St. Louis in 1939, and to of­ten re­peat such an apology into the fu­ture if he chooses.

The blame for that ter­ri­ble tragedy is on the prime min­is­ter of the time, Wil­liam Lyon Macken­zie King.

He could have re­fused to take the ad­vice of one im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cial and given those des­per­ate peo­ple safety in our coun­try.

It is no ex­cuse that other coun­tries had also turned them away.

It can be ac­cepted that “apolo­gies do not erase in­iq­uity,” as how can such ex­pres­sions to­day ef­face what hap­pened to those hu­man be­ings?

How­ever, an apology now from our prime min­is­ter on our be­half is the least that can be done.

Jeanette Mather, Kanata


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