Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he made a mistake in traveling for the holiday last week A day to honor indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential school system.
The newly elected prime minister faced intense criticism for his September 30 visit, when he was filmed on a beach on Vancouver Island. His itinerary initially stated that he was in Ottawa for private meetings.
“It was a mistake to travel on the 30th and I’m sorry,” Trudeau told a news conference. “This first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation was an important moment for all of us “Indigenous and non-Indigenous” to contemplate and remember.
Trudeau thanked a local chief for picking up his phone over the weekend to apologize for not accepting an invitation to his community that day.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was declared by Trudeau’s government Search for 215 children found buried A former Indigenous residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, attracted worldwide attention this year.
Many Non-Indigenous Canadians Didn’t Know About It The extent of the problem in schools until the remains are found.
From the 19th century to the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend state-funded Christian boarding schools in an effort to assimilate into Canadian society. There thousands of children died of disease and other causes, many of whom never returned to their families.
“I’m focused on getting it right,” Trudeau said.
Many analysts have called Trudeau tone-deaf for his leave and questioned who is advising him.
“How it happened is much less important than it is,” he said.
Trudeau’s Liberal Party won re-election last month but must rely on an opposition party to pass the law. Trudeau called for an election last month in the hope of winning a majority of seats, but ended up with a similar result to the previous election.
Nelson Wiseman, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, called Trudeau’s leave a nuisance that would stick with him and be used against him over and over again.
“I expect Trudeau to announce his resignation in about a year, giving the Liberal Party time to choose a new leader before facing voters again,” Wiseman said. “The most egregious aspect of this story is that Trudeau lied when his office announced that he had to spend the day in private meetings in Ottawa.”