Apology over Komagata Maru incident acknowledges historical sense of exclusivity

I am grateful that our government takes a deep moral stance.

Letter writer Fred Perry maintains that “it makes no sense to apologize for a mistake made more than 100 years ago” (May 6 Inbox, The Leader). He asks why Trudeau should ask forgiveness, on behalf of the Canadian people, for the Komagata Maru incident.

I believe that Mr. Perry’s question deserves an answer.

If you think in terms of how you and your immediate family had no hand in the incident, then the argument is valid.

However, I am grateful that our government takes a deeper moral stance. A majority of us who are alive now have benefitted greatly from the racist policies of our country. The Komagata Maru incident is not just about a ship full of South Asians turned away from Vancouver in 1914, but about the racist, exclusionary attitude that it perpetuated and which we have never fully dealt with.

In a much deeper sense, this apology acknowledges not only a wrong done to a few Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus way back when, but that we, as Canadians, are prone to embrace privilege, and that compassion is often dismissed for the sake of protectionism.

I personally have greatly benefitted from the fact that my ancestors denied many people their human rights. I support Trudeau’s apology.

Bart Begalka, Cloverdale

 

Justice delayed is justice denied

Re: “It makes no sense to apologize for a mistake made more than 100 years ago.”

I feel proud. I feel proud because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is apologizing for the Komagata Maru incident.

So what if it happened 100 years ago? Justice delayed is justice denied.

I am a 16-year-old girl. Why people are against this, I do not understand.

All that was asked was an apology. Not money or anything. The apology makes sense to me. Why be negative? It’s a 100 years late, but at least it’s happening.

Amitoj Chahal

Just Posted

Surrey’s Flamingo ‘closing forever’ following final concert in February

Whalley venue reopened under new management in January 2018

Surrey needs 350 more cops, activist tells council

‘Right now we are 350 police behind what our population requires,’ politicians are told

Surrey reviewing clothing bin safety in wake of deaths

School district confirms all donation bins were removed from its properties, citing safety concerns

Chamber looks to Cloverdale, Clayton for award nominations

The Clovies, Cloverdale’s annual business awards, return April 25

Delta bans clothing donation bins citing safety concerns

Owners have until Jan. 29 to remove the bins, after which the city will charge them for the removal

Giant rotating ice disk forms in Maine river

Ice disk that is roughly 100 yards wide has formed in the Presumpscot River

Arrest made in 2017 Vancouver homicide

Maninder Singh Braich died after he was found at a home near Prince Albert and East 49th

First Nation supporters march to Premier Horgan’s MLA office in Victoria

Upwards of 30 people moved across the Greater Victoria municipality of Langford on Wednesday morning, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people

Liberal candidate steps aside after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

SUV wedged on top of car in B.C. mall parking lot has customers confused

The accident occurred Tuesday, no injuries were reported

Huawei founder thanks inmates, Canadian justice system for treating daughter well

Ren Zhengfei said he believes there will be a just conclusion to the case of his daughter, Meng Wanzhou

May government faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would stay put in her leadership role

Man, two children sent to hospital after Vancouver carbon monoxide leak

Nine people were evacuated from the home in south Vancouver

Most Read