April 23rd, 2024

CP NewsAlert: Manitoba premier apologizes to two men switched at birth decades ago

By The Canadian Press on March 21, 2024.

Eddy Ambrose, a Manitoba man who was switched at birth, looks at photos of the parents who raised him, James and Katherine Ambrose, and his biological parents, Laurette and Camille Beauvais, at his home in Winnipeg, Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. Ambrose and Richard Beauvais are to receive an apology from the Manitoba government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew has formally apologized to two men who were switched at birth in a hospital almost 70 years ago.

Kinew says it was a terrible wrong that cannot be undone, but it must be acknowledged and atoned for.

The premier says the men were denied connection to their families, and their parents were denied their children.

Edward Ambrose and Richard Beauvais were invited onto the floor of the legislature chamber to hear the apology.

The two men were born in a municipally run hospital in Arborg, Man., in 1955 and sent home with each other’s parents.

The truth came to light decades later, after one of them took an at-home DNA ancestry test.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 21, 2024.

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