Canada's Trudeau praises 'historic' number of women elected in US

Trudeau at German Holocaust Memorial

Trudeau at German Holocaust Memorial

But Mr. King said it was not Canada's problem and left the matter to officials such as Frederick Blair, the architect of Canada's restrictive immigration policies, known for his inflexibility.

Cathy McLeod said it was a powerful moment in the House of Commons on Wednesday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for Canada turning away Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in 1939.

In May 2016, six months after taking office, he stood in parliament to apologise to the descendents of hundreds of passengers of the Komagata Maru, a Japanese vessel carrying Sikh, Muslim and Hindu migrants who were refused entry into Canada under 1914 immigration laws. But it is our collective responsibility to acknowledge this hard truth, learn from this story, and continue to fight against antisemitism every day, as we give meaning to the solemn vow: "'Never again'".

Noting that around 17% of all Canadian hate crimes target the Jews, Trudeau pledged that the country will do more for their safety. They were forced to return to Europe, where over 250 of them died in the Holocaust. "Discrimination and violence against Jewish people in Canada and around the world continues at an alarming rate".

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Canada's 1939 refusal to grant asylum to the refugees on the MS St. Louis ocean liner was not only a dereliction of moral duty but also helped embolden Adolf Hitler as he set about murdering millions of Jewish people, Mr. Trudeau said. The ship came within sight of Miami but the US coast guard turned the ship away. However, about a quarter of them faced a gruesome fate of being killed in Nazi death camps, historians estimate.

"We all must, as individuals, communities and as a nation, help these people in every way we can", she said.

The prevalence of anti-Semitism in contemporary society showed itself nearly two weeks ago when a gunman killed 11 worshippers inside a Pittsburgh synagogue simply because they were Jewish, Trudeau said. The US State Department issued its own apology in 2012.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a moment on the morning following the USA midterms to highlight the "historic" number of women elected. Critics say the figures are far too low while debate rages about "irregular" border crossers walking over from the United States.

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