Prime Minister apologizes for past Government’s decision

Jeff Malo / November 7th, 2018

Trudeau got in front of the House of Commons and issued the apology on behalf of the government of Canada
(Justin Trudeau / Twitter)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued an apology in the House of Commons to the families’ Jewish refugees that Canada turned away during World War II.

In 1939, Canada refused entry to 907 Jewish refugees on board the MS St. Louis. The refugees were either taken in by other countries or sent back to Germany.

President of the Burquest Jewish Community commends the apology.

“It is nice that he has undertaken to do this, when other Prime Ministers, in the past hadn’t. I think it is important that government step in and apologize for mistakes governments had made.”  – Shoshana Szlachter, President of the Burquest Jewish Community Association

Conservative opposition Leader Andrew Scheer and the Prime Minister himself took to Twitter to apologize for what the previous Government of Canada had done.

Andrew Scheer, also stood in the House of Commons and apologized (Andrew Scheer/Twitter)

Since taking office, Trudeau has apologized for what his and past governments have done. We have put together a timeline of all the apologies Trudeau has issued since being elected in 2015.

-With files from Matt Lawson