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AVAILABLE EXPERT - Trudeau offers apology for Komagata Maru incident

Monday, April 11, 2016

Queen's University immigrant expert Sharry Aiken is available for comment on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledging to offer a full apology for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. This incident has been remembered as an example of Canada's discriminatory immigration policies in the early 20th century. In 1914, the goverment made a decision to turn away a ship carrying hundreds of South Asian immigrants. The ship was eventually sent to Calcutta and at least 19 people were killed in an ensuing skirmish with British soldiers, while others were jailed.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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