Canadian prime minister announces intention to introduce legislation to address historical injustices faced by LGBTQ2 communitiesAround the World, Online Only, Top Highlights Thursday, June 15th, 2017
OTTAWA – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wednesday announced that the government of Canada will introduce legislation to make it possible to erase the convictions for Canadians who were found guilty under historical, unjust laws for sexual activity with a same-sex partner.
The Prime Minister Trudeau made the announcement during a ceremony on Parliament Hill where the Pride, Transgender Pride, and Canada 150 Pride flags were raised. Trudeau was joined by his special advisor on LGBTQ2 issues, MP Randy Boissonnault, other Parliamentarians, and a number of individuals and organizations who play a crucial role in advancing equality.
“Our government believes in equality and equal treatment for all Canadians. That is why we are moving forward on legislation that makes it possible to erase the convictions of Canadians who were unjustly convicted of a crime – simply for who they were, or who they loved,”said Prime Minister Trudeau.
This legislation – expected to be introduced later this year – will be another concrete step by the Government of Canada to acknowledge and address injustices faced by LGBTQ2 communities. Other steps include the introduction of legislation to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression, and to remove discriminatory Criminal Code provisions regarding consensual sexual activity that are unconstitutional .
“Today our government announced another vital step in addressing the painful history of discrimination against the LGBTQ2 communities. As Pride season commences, Canadians will honour the many victories over the forces of exclusion, intolerance, and hate. We will also soberly acknowledge that there are many challenges still to overcome. I invite all Canadians to join in remembering the past, celebrating our progress, and working towards a better future,” said M.P. Randy Boissonnault.
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