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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Apologizes to Sikh Community

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Apologizes to Sikh Community

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As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated Vaisakhi with the Sikh community, he also announced that he will be offering a full apology for a government decision in 1914 to deny entry of Sikhs in the country, the Komagata Maru incident. “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,” said Trudeau. “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 said.
The chartered Japanese ship Komagata Maru arrived into Vancouver harbor on May 23, 1914, with approximately 376 people from Punjab. Most of them were Sikhs. However, they were denied entry and ultimately escorted to return back to India. 

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