Ed­u­ca­tion is part of apolo­gies

Calgary Herald - - EDITORIAL -

Re: Sorry, but let’s have no more apol­o­giz­ing, (Opin­ion, Sept. 12)

In her op-ed re­gard­ing the Prime Min­is­ter apol­o­giz­ing for Canada’s 1939 re­fusal to al­low in the Jewish peo­ple aboard the St. Louis flee­ing Nazi Ger­many as refugees, colum­nist Naomi Lakritz high­lights the gen­eral point of need­ing to pair re­mem­brance with ed­u­ca­tion and talk with real ac­tion. In my view, the Prime Min­is­ter did just that when he apol­o­gized to LGBTQ Cana­di­ans. He paired the apol­ogy with real ac­tion — ex­pung­ing con­vic­tions for of­fences in­volv­ing con­sen­sual sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with same-sex part­ners (C-66) and pass­ing a bill pro­tect­ing trans and gen­der-di­verse per­sons from dis­crim­i­na­tion (C-16).

The apol­ogy to be given by the Prime Min­is­ter to Jewish peo­ple is im­por­tant be­cause Canada’s re­fusal to al­low the St. Louis pas­sen­gers to en­ter as refugees was cat­e­gor­i­cally wrong. The real ac­tion is the ed­u­ca­tion piece. The apol­ogy re­minds Cana­di­ans of the dan­gers of xeno­pho­bia.

Kent Hehr, MP Cal­gary Cen­tre

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