A Statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Posted June 23rd, 2020 on Niagara At Large
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism:
“Thirty-five years ago today, an explosion on Air India Flight 182, bound for the United Kingdom from Canada, killed the 329 innocent people on board, including 280 Canadians.
“The attack was an act of unspeakable malice and remains the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history. It was a shock to our country, and a threat to our collective sense of security. Terrorism in Canada did not begin with this heinous act and, sadly, did not end there either.
“Today, on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism <https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SI-2005-65/page-1.html> , I join Canadians across the country to remember and pay tribute to all Canadian victims of terrorism. We offer our deepest sympathies to families and friends who have lost loved ones, and to everyone living with the pain and trauma caused by these senseless acts of violence.
“Those who commit these cowardly acts seek to instill fear and divide us. They will not succeed. Canadians will always choose compassion over hate and acceptance over intolerance. We are at our best and most resilient when we embrace diversity and equality, and these acts of terrorism only strengthen our resolve to build a more inclusive Canada.
“We stand in solidarity with all those affected by terrorism worldwide, and will continue to work closely with our international partners to end violent extremism, promote inclusion, and defend peace and justice within our global community.
“Today and every day, we will honour those we have lost to terrorism by continuing to fight hate and intolerance, and work to make Canada and the world a safer and more secure place for everyone.”
A Final Few Comments from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large –
Thirty-five years after this heinous crime, only one of the suspected perpetrators has been brought to justice, after pleading guilty to “manslaughter” in 2003. Yet even in his case, he was only sentenced to 15 years after admitting that he played a director role in assembling the bombs that brought down this plane full of people.
After many, many years of pressure from families of the victims, the federal government of Stephen Harper agreed to hold a public inquiry more than a decade ago. Among the conclusions were that a “cascading series of errors” on the part of Canadian intelligence bodies, including the RCMP and CSIS were responsible for a failure to prevent this murderous act in the first place, they for thee failure to properly assemble the evidence necessary to win convictions.
I am not trying to hang any of this on Canada’s current prime minister. It was decent of him to issue the above statement remembering the victims, and the trails are so cold now it may be next to impossible to convict any of the others involved in this.
I cannot help but wonder though – and this is a feeling I have held about this crime for a long time – that far more justice would have been done here if this was a plane full of white people, rather than brown people.
While we are on the topic of systemic racism in our law enforcement agencies, could this be one of the more notorious examples of that in Canada?
This 2010 CBC report is worthy of all of our attention. To read it, click on – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/you-won-t-want-to-read-this-1.915985
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