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Trudeau Pays Tribute to Komagata Maru Victims, Renews Commitment to Inclusivity

Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a solemn address today, marking the 110th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, a poignant moment in Canadian history marred by discrimination and tragedy.

Trudeau’s speech, delivered from Ottawa, reflected on the fateful journey of the Komagata Maru, a steamship carrying 376 passengers of Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu descent, who sought a new life in Canada. Instead of a warm welcome, they were met with hostility and refusal, detained for two agonizing months without basic necessities before being forced to return to India, where many faced further persecution.

In his statement, Trudeau denounced the injustices suffered by the passengers, attributing their mistreatment to the racist and discriminatory laws prevailing at the time. He took the opportunity to reiterate the apology issued by the Government of Canada eight years prior and emphasized the imperative of preventing such atrocities from recurring.

“We must never allow this event to repeat itself,” Trudeau affirmed, underscoring the need for continued efforts to promote diversity and ensure that all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.

Reflecting on Canada’s progress since the Komagata Maru incident, Trudeau acknowledged the strides made in building a more inclusive society. He highlighted initiatives such as the Anti-Racism Strategy aimed at dismantling barriers and fostering an environment where every Canadian can thrive.

As the nation remembered the lives lost aboard the Komagata Maru, Trudeau urged Canadians to recognize the invaluable contributions of the South Asian community to Canada’s rich tapestry. He called for collective action in forging a better, fairer, and more inclusive country for all.

Trudeau’s poignant tribute serves as a reminder of the importance of confronting the darker chapters of Canadian history while striving for a future built on principles of equality and justice.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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