PM Trudeau to apologise for Komagata Maru

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Ottawa, April 15 (CINEWS):  This week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he will offer a full apology in the House of Commons for a government decision in 1914 to deny entry of Sikhs in the country.
“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,” he said. 
“That is why, next month, on May 18, I will stand in the House of Commons and offer a full apology for the Komagata Maru incident,” he added.
The chartered Japanese ship Komagata Maru sailed into the Vancouver harbor on May 23, 1914, with 376 mostly Sikhs from Punjab.
The Canadian government refused to allow the passengers to disembark for two months. On July 23, 1914, the Komagata Maru was escorted out to sea by a Canadian naval cruiser and returned to India, where 20 people were killed as they tried to disembark and the others were jailed.
Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, the first Sikh-Canadian to command a Canadian army reserve regiment, tweeted on Monday that he is “truly honoured” by Trudeau’s commitment to a formal apology.
Former Stephen Harper apologized for the incident in 2008 at an event in British Columbia, but many Sikhs have always maintained that the appropriate place for such an apology should be in Parliament where the laws allowing the Komagata Maru incident to happen in the first place.

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