Even in a country where “I’m sorry” is a second national anthem, some wonder if the words are losing their meaning
Canada’s sorriest prime minister is getting on people’s nerves. “What else does he do, besides apologize for things that happened years and years ago?” Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu asked this week.
The news that occasioned Gladu’s remark was Trudeau’s statement on Tuesday that he would be issuing a formal apology for Canada’s refusal to let the MS Saint Louis land in Halifax in 1939. The 907 Jewish men, women and children fleeing Germany had already been turned away by Cuba and the United States. But as an immigration official of the period remarked, when it came to Jews entering Canada, “None is too many.” The vessel was turned back to Europe, where 254 of the ship’s passengers died in concentration camps.