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Compensation for detained Italian Canadians: “Current debates on internment … are woefully uninformed by history”


 

MPs discussing a private member’s bill proposing an apology and compensation for Italian Canadians (about 700) who were interned during the Second World War might want to read this book, introduced and summarized here.

Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro’s assertion that those detained were “just everyday people going about their lives” when they were “pulled off the streets” doesn’t stand up to the scrutiny of historians who have studied the issue.


 

Compensation for detained Italian Canadians: “Current debates on internment … are woefully uninformed by history”

  1. In fairness, Del Maestro also supports compensation for King Faruk.

  2. That's why Roberto Perin was one of the people appointed by the Conservatives to police the funding in their commemorative package.

  3. Maybe those who are commenting should try reading the Transcripts to see where Del Mastro was going with his comments over the entire course of the study, rather than focusing on one quote. It was not his Bill, and its a Bill he opposed during the study because the legislative measures in the Bill are awful. It never should have passed second reading. It opens the Gov't to massive litigation if an apology was granted without a deal in place and asks for compensation because that's what the Libs offered on their deathbed in 2005. However, it was unbudgeted, not in the platform, not official and happened after 13 years of inaction! Let s get the facts straight people.
    Meanwhile, an aoplogy was given in 1990, and the Ace program is set to offer 5 million to preserve Italian Heritage and so forth.

  4. Edward, How do I go about getting those Transcripts as I'd like to know more? Tania

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