Internees queue for food, Fort Henry internment camp, near Kingston, Ontario (Photo from the Harry Spring Album, courtesy of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission)
Re Groups reject idea that internment meant as protection for minorities (March 16):
Speaking before a House of Commons committee examining proposed legislation to replace the War Measures Act, Tory MP Patrick Crofton made the silly and unacceptable statement that what was done to Ukrainian Canadians and Japanese Canadians during World War I and II periods was a form of "protective custody" that had helped these minorities.
Back in the spring of 1918 Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden made a similar claim when he said that the "intention of the government to intern Ukrainians . . . was done . . . as an act of mercy." Instead of trying to rationalize repression, Crofton would be better advised to press Secretary of State David Crombie to offer these groups the apology and redress they deserve.
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