TORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper will reportedly apologize to families of the victims of the 1985 Air India bombing on Wednesday.
The Globe and Mail says he is expected to apologize for federal failings during a 25th anniversary memorial service at Humber Bay Park in Toronto.
Treasury Board Minister Stockwell Day says Harper will make “a very significant announcement” to add a “new dimension” to the memorial.
An apology would come a week after retired Supreme Court justice John Major released a scathing report on the bombing and its aftermath.
It said the blast that killed 329 people could have been prevented but for a “cascading series of errors” by police and other officials.
Major said the RCMP, Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Transport Canada failed to heed warning signs that the airline could be attacked.
Major also noted that throughout his inquiry, no one on behalf of the federal government “ever made any apology to the families of the victims.”
After the report was released, Harper noted that “issues are raised about an official apology and compensation for families of victims.” He said the government would respond “positively to those recommendations.”
Senior officials with the RCMP, CSIS will attend Wednesday’s ceremony which will coincide with similar memorials in Ottawa and Vancouver. (Globe and Mail)