Trudeau to apologize for Canada closing its doors to Jewish refugees during Holocaust
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will issue an official government apology today for what he will call the country's moral failure when Canada closed its doors to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.
The apology is months in the making and will focus on the decision by the government of William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1939 to reject an asylum request from more than 900 German Jews aboard an ocean liner that was nearing Halifax.
Instead, the MS St. Louis returned to Germany and more than 250 people aboard died in the Holocaust.
Some surviving passengers from the St. Louis are to be in the House of Commons when Trudeau rises to issue the apology.
But the shooting deaths of 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue almost two weeks ago have reframed the his plan for the apology.
Jewish leaders expect him to say something more than that the Canadian government is sorry for a decision made decades ago.
What they hope is he commits to fight anti-Semitism, such as with a plan to tackle hate speech online.