Liberal MP: Canada Should ‘Learn From Our History’

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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A Liberal Member of Parliament urged Canadians to “learn from our history” less than two months before Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will formally apologize for Canada’s role in refusing to allow the St. Louis to dock in Canada in 1939 because it was transporting 900 Jewish refugees.

“On Nov 7th, the PM will apologize for turning away the St. Louis,” tweeted MP Omar Alghabra. “As we continue to promote human rights globally, we must reconcile with our mistakes at home. We turned away asylum seekers without giving them due process and dignity. We must learn from our history.”


Conservative Sen. Linda Frum, who is Jewish, warned Trudeau to be careful about comparing Jewish victims of Hitler to “the contemporary crisis of illegal economic migrants.”

Columnist Norman Spector, who was also a chief of staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, also told Alghabra in a tweet not to “conflate the Nazi Holocaust” with the border crisis.

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