On November 28, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make an historic apology to LGBTQ Canadians. In response to past and present mistreatment of LGBTQ members from the Canadian government, Trudeau plans to make a formal apology in the House next week.
Most Canadians may not know this troubling factoid from Canadian history, but the Canadian government has criminally charged or fired Canadians from their government job because they were gay.
Douglas Elliot, the Canadian lawyer who led a class-action lawsuit on behalf of those who lost their jobs, said "I never though I'd live to see the day" when he discovered PM Trudeau will be delivering a formal apology.
The Canadian government began sending out invitations to members of the LGBTQ community who were victims of the "purge" that began in the 1970s.
Trudeau personally made an announcement about the upcoming apology on Sunday via Twitter:
The apology comes as a response to almost two years of investigations, which began in 2016 when reports first arose that egregious injustices had occurred against sexual minorities in Canada by the government itself.
But the formal apology from Trudeau is just the first of many steps that will be taken to reconcile the unjust actions of the Canadian government. According to Elliot, settlements will be made in the class-action lawsuit that will include financial compensation for any LGTBQ person fired or pressured into quitting the military or public service because they were a sexual minority.
Source: The Globe And Mail