Letter: Enough with the apologies already
To the editor:
Re: Will We Be Making Reparations In Future For Today’s Laws? Jan. 24 Capital News
And: B.C. Should Do A Better Job at Apologizing than Feds, Jan. 14 Capital News column, Alistair Waters.
Demanding and granting apologies and reparations for historical wrongs committed a long time ago has become all the rage, and the all-party self-flagellating compulsion of applying today’s moral and social standards to past circumstances and wrong-doings has turned into a grievance-driven new version of historical revisionism.
On June 22, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on behalf of all Canadians, apologized fully and unreservedly to the Chinese community for the head tax and for Canada’s subsequent treatment of Chinese immigrants.
On Aug. 3, 2008, Stephen Harper, speaking in Surrey, B.C. to a crowd of 8,000 members of the Sikh community, apologized for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident.
With Ujjal Donanjh having publicly advised against apologies for “historical wrongs” (Komagata Maru) and Victor Wong, executive director of the Chinese-Canadian National Council and Sid Tan of the Head Tax Family Society of Canada continuing to advocate apologies for “historical wrongs” (head tax) .... it has now become a no-win matter of: Damned if you do (apologize)and damned if you don’t (apologize).