Vancouver to vote on apology for Japanese internment 0
Vancouver city hall. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
Vancouver City Hall is expected to vote Wednesday on a motion to apologize for the 1942 internment of Japanese-Canadians.
The federal government apologized 25 years ago and it’s been one year since the B.C. government did the same. Coun. Kerry Jang said he didn’t know that city council voted to remove the “enemy alien population” from the coast to central parts of Canada during the Second World War until about a year ago.
“As soon as we saw it we moved on it straight away,” he said, adding that council has been working with the Japanese community in Vancouver to figure out appropriate wording for the apology.
The motion seeks to let Vancouver “take full responsibility for its actions” and formally apologize to the city’s residents of Japanese descent.