In 1939 the Ocean liner the MS St. Louis left German with 937 Jewish refugees who were trying to escape death in the holocaust and find a new safe home. The MS St. Louis was headed for Havana, Cuba but when they arrived the Cuban government denied them access to dock there. After this they tried to dock in the United States and then Canada and both countries denied them. Canada didn't allow the ship to dock because of many reasons. One reason was that most of the English population in Canada at this time was
anti-semitic, which means they had a hatred of Jewish people, so if King let in all of the Jewish people he was worried he would lose the next election because most of English would be angry that he let in 937 Jewish people and not vote for him. Another reason is that both Prime Minister King and the immigrations officer were both anti-semitic so they didn't want the refugees either. This reveals that a lot of Canadian's had the same hatred against Jewish people as Germany did during this time period but they didn't go the the level that Hitler did.