The government has apologised for past wrongs to some groups, while others continue to wait. In 1988, then prime minister Brian Mulroney apologised to Japanese-Canadians for the government's internment policy during the second world war under which thousands of citizens of Japanese descent were forcibly removed from their homes. They received a C$422 million (HK$2.91 billion) settlement. In June this year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologised in the House of Commons for the head tax on Chinese. Last month, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the House of Commons apologised to Canadian citizen Maher Arar, who was held in detention in Damascus for a year after being arrested while passing through New York in 2002, and deported to Syria. It was later discovered that Canadian authorities gave false information to the US tagging him as an Islamist extremist. The federal government has not officially apologised, saying it will do so only after a settlement is finalised. Mr Arar has filed a C$400 million lawsuit against the government. Descendents of Indian passengers on board the Komagata Maru seek an apology over the government's immigration laws, which barred the ship from landing in 1914. Passengers, mostly Sikhs, were not allowed to disembark and were deprived of food and water.