Stockade at Castle Mountain internment camp, Alberta (Photo courtesy of the Whyte Museum of the Rockies)
Re Jeffrey Simpson's column, Out of War Measures (July 3): A pity Mr. Simpson can't count. He says that the War Measures Act is an example of "dinosaur" legislation from the First World War. Twice, he claims, it has been used to trample civil liberties in Canada, those of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War and of Quebeckers in 1970. The question remains -- why was this legislation enacted during the First World War if it was not used until the Second? The act has actually been used three times. Between 1914 and 1920, thousands of Ukrainian Canadians and some other East Europeans were interned while tens of thousands more were discriminated against, forced to register as "enemy aliens" and, in 1917, disenfranchised. The Canadian Government owes the Ukrainian-Canadian community the same kind of apology and compensation it is now planning to extend to the Japanese-Canadian community for the wrongs inflicted upon it.
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