Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

MP Shafqat Ali Commemorates Komagata Maru Incident: “A Pledge to Uphold Diversity and Inclusivity”

Today, on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru Incident, MP Shafqat Ali of Brampton Center reflects on the somber events of May 23, 1914, when 376 hopeful immigrants aboard the Komagata Maru were unjustly turned away from Canadian shores. This tragic event is remembered as a stark reminder of the discriminatory laws that once marred our nation’s immigration policies.

“The Komagata Maru incident underscores a significant chapter in our history where we failed to embrace those seeking refuge and a better future,” stated MP Shafqat Ali. “Today, as we remember those who suffered and faced insurmountable odds, we reaffirm our commitment to celebrate the diverse fabric of our Canadian society.”

The passengers of the Komagata Maru, predominantly Sikhs, with a handful of Muslims and Hindus, faced severe repercussions upon their forced return to India. Their resilience and strength in the face of adversity have continued to resonate throughout the years, reminding us of the importance of compassion and equality in policy-making.

As Canada continues to grow and evolve, the lessons learned from the Komagata Maru incident remain ever relevant. It is a call to action to ensure history does not repeat itself and to uphold the values of diversity and inclusivity that define us today.

MP Shafqat Ali concluded, “Let us draw from our past to build a more inclusive future, where every individual has the opportunity to contribute to our society. We honor the memory of the Komagata Maru passengers by strengthening our resolve to stand up for a Canada that is proud, strong, and prosperous through its diversity.”

Today, MP Shafqat Ali and the community pay tribute to the victims of the Komagata Maru and celebrate the contributions of Canada’s South Asian community and all immigrants who have helped shape our nation.

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