Internees at Kapuskasing internment camp, circa 1917. (Photo courtesy of the Ron Morel Museum)
Mr. Joe Fontana (London East): Mr. Speaker, between 1914 and 1920, approximately 8,500 Ukrainian Canadians were interned in 26 concentration camps across Canada. Just because they came from an area of the world under the Austro-Hungarian empire, they were used as forced labour in internment camps and had their property confiscated and never returned.
In October 1988, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress submitted a proposal to the Canadian government for the acknowledgement of and the symbolic redress for this injustice. This three-page proposal has taken over 18 months to study, and still this government is incapable of a response.
This is a legitimate concern and this government has the responsibility to respond. This is an issue about fundamental civil liberties, and it is important to all Canadians. This government must show a commitment to addressing these concerns by responding with action instead of silence.
Canadians must right a wrong. The federal government must right that wrong for them.
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