Bill will do little to damage relations with Vietnam

History should not be left to the victors, and the experiences of those who lost are no less valid.

Then-foreign minister John Baird with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Sept. 29, 2014.
Khanh Vu Duc, Duvien Tran
Published: Wednesday, 02/25/2015 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Monday, 04/06/2015 7:24 pm EDT

For almost eight months, a rather innocuous Senate bill was winding its way through the legislative process in the Parliament of Canada. Bill S-219, titled shortly as the Journey to Freedom Day Act, introduced by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo in April 2014, would designate April 30 of each and every year “Journey to Freedom Day.” If passed, the bill would commemorate and remember the exodus of Vietnamese refugees following the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

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