Canadians who were criminally charged or fired from the military or Canada’s civil service because of their sexual orientation will receive a formal apology from the prime minister before the end of the month.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed on Twitter on Sunday that an apology in the House of Commons is coming Nov. 28 for historic wrongs committed against Canadians because they were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
On November 28, the Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House – for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & inclusion.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 19, 2017
A national security purge led to the firing of thousands of Canadians in the military, RCMP and public service because of their sexual orientation starting in the 1950s.
Also, prior to 1966, many Canadians were criminally charged and convicted of gross indecency because they were gay.
Last year, Egale Canada recommended an apology to those Canadians and Trudeau promised he would do so.
On November 28, he will make good on that promise, and by the end of the year expects to introduce legislation to issue pardons to anyone who was convicted because of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners.
This just less than a Month after the First Minister of Scotland made the same apology but as of yet there is no word from UK Government on the same issue after a bill was voted down earlier in the year by the UK Conservative Party resulting in mass outrage with calls for the Government to “Get it done”.