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Ottawa to issue apology to Italian Canadians mistreated during Second World War

Written by on June 14, 2019

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will issue a formal apology to Italians mistreated in Canada during the Second World War.

Trudeau made the announcement Friday in Vaughan, Ont., at an event celebrating Italian heritage month. 

He says during the war, Italian Canadian families and businesses struggled and no one was held responsible.

Trudeau says a formal apology would offer closure to the community.

He also announced that the federal government would be opening a permanent trade centre in Milan, Italy.

Trudeau did not provide further details, but he says the centre will ensure that the “future is bright” between Canada and Italy.

The Canadian Press