Trudeau apologizes for Canada 'destroying' lives of LGBTQ public servants

30 Novembre, 2017, 13:14 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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As part of the government's apology, Canada has set aside $145 million, $110 million of that covering reparations for LGBTQ government workers or military who lost their careers to discrimination, and $15 million dedicated to historical reconciliation, education, and memorialization efforts. And above all, you are innocent.

Hearing Trudeau speak was poignant, he said, but a moment that will stick out in his mind was when a member from the military police stood up with tears in her eyes and saluted the prime minister for his words.

"It is our collective shame that you were so mistreated. And for that, we are truly sorry".

"We are here today because many years ago and for too long the government of Canada failed in its duty to protect the basic rights of hundreds, thousands of the very Canadians who have dedicated their lives to public service", Scheer said, calling it "a awful and unjust moment" in the history of the country. If the convicted person has died, family members can apply to have the conviction expunged posthumously. "I want to thank MP John Brassard as well because it was his seat I had for it and his office really came through for me and I'm very grateful for that because this was deeply important for me to be a part of".

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That was the point at when those in the galleries, who had sat quietly listening to the prime minister speak, began to applaud, before they were eventually joined on their feet by all MPs for a long-lasting ovation at the straightforward expression of regret. "We are sorry. And we will never let this happen again".

Co-Chair of Barrie Pride Shelly Skinner was also with Bradbury in Ottawa for the occasion but was in the Cartier Drill House watching on a screen with members of the Liberal party and special guests. While she is glad to see all of Canada's parties get behind the apology and the announcement that the government is investing $250,000 into community projects to help end homophobia and help those who deeply affected by it, Skinner feels it may take more than that number to help.

Serge Gingras, Chair of the Central Alberta Pride Society, says the apology and the compensation are positive first steps. There is discrimination everywhere, but I would suggest that we in smaller towns are seeing it in higher numbers and a higher rate.

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