Regarding the article Ukrainian-Canadian lobby for redress opposed (Free Press, November 6): Major-General Otter made it clear in his final report (1920) on Canada's first national internment operations that the properties and valuables of internees had been seized by the Government. In other correspondence he worried about being held legally responsible for internees' valuables which had been stolen by internment camp guards. I informed Myron Spolsky of these historical facts in July of this year. That he would persist in claiming that there is no evidence about government confiscation of Ukrainian Canadian internees' valuables is odd.
Dr. Stella Hryniuk's views are those of a person who has not recently done any archival research into this issue, which probably explains her equally inappropriate remarks.
I would have thought that she would welcome the Ukrainian Canadian Committee's proposal, which calls for further research into this episode and for an independent economic impact assessment which would precisely determine what impact these internment operations had on Ukrainian Canadian society. But when she suggests that "we just don't have enough evidence," I must assume she's referring only to Mr. Spolsky and herself, for the Ukrainian Canadian Committee has made its case. It is as strong as that of our fellow Japanese Canadians and deserves an equally just and expeditious resolution.
Dr. L.Y. Luciuk
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