May 23rd, 2015

Statement by the NDP on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident

NDP member of Parliament Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident:

“Today marks the 101st anniversary of the day on which the Komagata Maru, carrying 376 passengers, arrived in Vancouver’s harbour seeking refuge and a better life for their family.

“Sadly, as a result of discriminatory laws, the passengers were refused entry into Canada. The ship remained in port for two months, during which passengers were denied basic necessities such as food and water, before it was sent back.

“To close this dark chapter of Canadian history and pursue a more just society for future generations, the NDP is continuing to call on the Harper government to issue an official apology in the House of Commons on behalf of Canada, so that the healing process can finally begin.”