Posted on 21.05.2016:
Almost 102 years after Canada turned away the passengers of the "Komagata Maru", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally apologised in Parliament for the "great injustice" that happened due to discriminatory laws of the time.
He apologised in the House of Commons on 18.04.2016 for the 1914 decision by the then Canadian government to turn away the migrants on board the ship after their arrival in Vancouver. He added "Canada's government was, without question, responsible for the laws that prevented these passengers from immigrating peacefully and securely. For that and every regrettable consequence that followed, we are sorry". He further added that Canada's current defence minister Harjit Sajjan once commanded the Reserve Regiment that turned back the Komagata Maru and thanked him for helping the ship incident get national attention.