House of Commons passes ‘historic’ motion to ask Pope Francis for apology over residential schools

Global News

May 1, 2018

By Amanda Connolly National Online Journalist

The Canadian House of Commons will formally ask Pope Francis to apologize for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.

In a vote that garnered support across party lines on Tuesday, MPs supported a motion presented by NDP MP Charlie Angus for the House of Commons to ask for a formal apology from the Pope to the Indigenous peoples of Canada for the physical, sexual and emotional abuse suffered by the thousands of children forced to attend the schools.

A total of 269 Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Green and other MPs voted in favour of the motion.

Ten Conservative MPs opposed it but the motion has passed.

“I am very, very proud today,” said Angus to reporters ahead of the vote.

“This is a historic day for our country.”

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