MAY 23, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident:
“One-hundred and five years ago today, the Komagata Maru, a ship carrying nearly four hundred Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims of South Asian origin, was turned away from our shores. Forced to return to India, this event has caused terrible hardship for its passengers, ending tragically for many.
“It was a humbling experience to be a part of the first Government in Canada to officially recognize the Komagata Maru tragedy and apologize for it. It was our previous Conservative government that took a number of steps to address this terrible tragedy and make sure that for generations to come, Canadians will not forget of this dark chapter in our history.
“In addition, we created educational programs, built the first ever public museum dedicated to the tragedy that is now housed at the Khalsa Diwan Society in Vancouver, as well as the first ever public monument in Vancouver’s Harbour Green Park. As a result, in 2014 Canada Post released a special stamp on the hundredth anniversary to further create awareness.
“Today, Canada is home to well over a million Canadians of South Asian descent. Our country has been greatly enriched by the contributions of the Sikh, Hindu and Muslim communities and we are grateful for the tremendous dedication that they have shown in helping build our country.
“We cannot change events of the past, but we have a duty to learn and remember the dark chapters of our history.
“Canada’s Conservatives will always stand with the Sikh, Hindu and Muslims communities in building a prosperous and strong Canada.”
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