New Release of Canada’s Rodal Report Reveals Historical Insights

New Release of Canada’s Rodal Report Reveals Historical Insights

In an unwavering commitment to transparency, the Government of Canada, led by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has announced the release of the updated Canada’s Rodal Report. Originally crafted to support the Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals in Canada (the Deschênes Commission) in 1985, this latest version discloses previously withheld information, shedding light on historical policies and circumstances surrounding the presence of Nazi war criminals in Canada.

The Historical Truths

The Rodal Report, officially titled “Nazi War Criminals in Canada: the Historical and Policy Setting from the 1940s to the Present” by Alti Rodal, is a crucial document providing insights into a dark chapter of Canadian history. Now available on the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website, this release signifies a significant step toward openness, allowing Canadians access to historical records that were once classified.

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This disclosure is part of the government’s broader commitment to transparency, emphasizing a review of historical records related to the investigation of war crimes. Engagement with affected communities remains ongoing, underscoring the government’s determination to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.

A Step Toward Transparency

“The vast majority of the Rodal Report is now publicly available, reflecting our dedication to transparency and addressing the historical injustices of Nazi war criminals in Canada. Our ongoing commitment to international justice and the fight against impunity remains steadfast.” – The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Key Facts:

  1. The Deschênes Commission, established in 1985, aimed to investigate claims that a significant number of Nazi war criminals had gained admittance to Canada.
  2. The Rodal Report, part of the Commission’s works, was initially released in redacted form in 1987 and again in June 2023 via an access to information request.
  3. Today’s release, in response to an access to information request, brings a new version of the Rodal Report, providing fresh insights into historical events.
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Canada’s Ongoing Commitment

Canada’s War Crimes Program, a collaborative effort by the Department of Justice Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canada Border Services Agency, remains dedicated to ensuring that individuals involved in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide are held accountable. The program works through immigration proceedings, citizenship revocations, and criminal investigations and prosecutions.

This latest release of Canada’s Rodal Report stands as a testament to the country’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and learning from historical truths. As we delve into our nation’s past, we pave the way for a more informed and just future.

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