Liberals consider government apology to LGBTQ2 community

Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault will work to promote equality for lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited people

CANADA, Montreal: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau takes part in Montreal's Pride Parade on August 14, 2016. The parade took place on Rene-Levesque st. A minute of silence was observed in memory of Orlando's shooting victims. (Cristian Mijea/CP)

CANADA, Montreal: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau takes part in Montreal’s Pride Parade on August 14, 2016. The parade took place on Rene-Levesque st. A minute of silence was observed in memory of Orlando’s shooting victims. (Cristian Mijea/CP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new special adviser on LGBTQ2 says he’ll explore the possibility of an apology to people in the community whose lives and careers were disrupted by government policies over the decades.

Randy Boissonnault, who is openly gay, says there’s also the possibility of formal pardons for those convicted under laws now considered discriminatory.

The Liberal government is moving to repeal section 159 of the Criminal Code, which criminalizes anal intercourse.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says Canadians expect their government and their laws to reflect their values.

She says, “Our society has evolved over the past few decades and our criminal justice system needs to evolve as well.”

The law currently bans the sexual act, but there is an exception for heterosexual married couples and consenting adults of either sex over age 18, as long as it does not involve more than two people and is done without anyone watching.

Courts have found the provision infringes on equality guarantees under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, since 16- and 17-year-olds can consent to all other forms of sexual activity.

Boissonnault, says he’s heading into his appointment with the express interest of getting this right, but also building for the future.

The Edmonton MP says there needs to be a lot of outreach with members in the community from coast to coast to coast.


Liberals consider government apology to LGBTQ2 community

  1. A Government apology alone is insufficient. Every adult heterosexual Canadian citizen should take a razor blade to their wrists and shed some blood in contrition and atonement for their sinful behavior toward LGBTQ2 Canadians and vow to never again mistreat members of the LGBTQ2 community in either word or deed.

    • Komarade Lipson we will see gets there Wrists cut AFTER Zoolander brings in Sharia Law…

  2. This is just more of the by-now-standard half-ass progressivism, whereby Liberals (as the Democrats did before them) support socially progressive issues that don’t cost their investors any money but which keep people on the hook still thinking that the Liberals will be doing some good for society, while the Liberals actually spend the vast amount of their time, energy, and taxpayer dollars on making things good for the 1% as opposed to actually fighting for the good and the true. Hence it is that, one week after the U.S. elected an effective fascist with all the massive transformation of progressive values that entails (including, e.g., appointing a white nationalist misogynist as chief strategist), Trudean hasn’t uttered one progressive peep. And what has he done instead? Met with Toronto Bay Streeters to advance privatization of public resources, and flown off to Cuba to discuss how he can best appropriate Cuban assets on behalf of the wealthy interests he really represents. All on the tail, of course, of Chrystia Freeland’s pulling out all the stops to get CETA through—that is, the very sort of trade deal that was arguably the primary factor driving Trump’s election.

  3. I can’t wait until science informs us that all human sexual behaviours are a matter of nature, not choice. Then Toronto will be able to raise a statue to Gord Stuckless – another ‘trailblazer of tolerance’ – and the government can issue a formal apology to the generations of pederasts ‘we’ have locked-up.

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