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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said that the federal government would issue a formal apology to Italians mistreated in Canada during the Second World War.

The announcement was made by Trudeau at an event held in honour of Italian Heritage Month in Vaughan, Ontario on Friday.

Italian Canadian families and businesses struggled during the World War II and no one was held responsible, Justin Trudeau said.

Trudeau said, “It was a time when their patriotism was questioned and their lives thrown into chaos. During the Second World War, hundreds of Italian Canadians were interned.”

A formal apology would offer closure to the community, says Trudeau but when the apology will be issued, it is still not mentioned.

Moreover, the federal government would be opening a permanent trade centre in Milan, Italy, Trudeau announced.

Without providing further details, Trudeau says that the centre would ensure that the ‘future is bright’ between Italy and Canada.

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