Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will issue a formal apology to Italians mistreated in Canada during the Second World War.
Trudeau made the announcement Friday in Vaughan, Ont., at an event celebrating Italian heritage month.
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He says during the war, Italian Canadian families and businesses struggled and no one was held responsible.
Trudeau says a formal apology would offer closure to the community.
He also announced that the federal government would be opening a permanent trade centre in Milan, Italy.
Trudeau did not provide further details, but he says the centre will ensure that the “future is bright” between Canada and Italy.