precedents for tax payers paying indemnities for past actions

Tue, 7 Jun 1994 16:22:27 -0500

There is some precedent in law for paying indemnities to large groups
for harm done to their parents. Recently, the Canadian government paid
some thousands of dollars to all descendents of Japanese who had been
interred in Canadian camps (really a form of concentration camps).
I don't recall the amounts, but it was a significant amount of money.
I don't recall hearing any great ruckus from the Canadian tax payers
about this either.

I assume the idea behind this is that when you immigrate to a new country
you automatically assume all the history of legal action in that country.
Whether you were personally (or your predecessors were) responsible, by
joining the citizens of the new country you have "joined the group"
and accepted the group's responsibilities.