June 29, 1984 (32nd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)


Mr. Trudeau:

I do not see how I can apologize for some historic event to which we or these people in this House were not a party. We can regret that it happened. But why mount to great heights of rhetoric in order to say that an apology is much better than an expression of regret? This I cannot too well understand. All I am asking the Leader of the Opposition is why only regret this particular aspect of our history? He mentions the Liberal Government of 1890. Why doesn't his Party, as a Party, apologize for those events too, to the French Canadians? Why don't they do that? Why does the Leader of the Opposition not use the same amount of rhetoric for this? Why does he not apologize for what happened to Riel? Why

June 29, 1984
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does he not apologize for what happened during the Second World War to mothers and fathers of people sitting in this House who went to concentration camps? I know some of them, Mr. Speaker. They were not Japanese Canadians. They were Canadians of Italian or German origin, or some old French Canadians who went to jail, who went to concentration camps during the Second World War. Why do we not apologize to them?
I do not follow the Leader of the Opposition who talks about my political partisanship. Why suddenly only the Japanese, Mr. Speaker? Why suddenly only the Japanese Canadians? Is it because there are votes in it?

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