Government Issues Formal Apology For Treatment of LGBTQ2 Canadians

Government Issues Formal Apology For Treatment of LGBTQ2 Canadians

UPDATED November 28, 2017 7:40pmET


The federal government has issued a formal apology for the past treatment of LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit) Canadians.

Read the speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Watch the full speeches by Trudeau and other party leaders:

Here’s more reaction from government ministers, MPs, and LGBTQ2 community members:

Those affected include public servants, members of the military and RCMP, and Indigenous Canadians.

This morning the government tabled legislation to expunge criminal convictions for consensual same-sex activity, via the Parole Board of Canada. About $4 million has been set aside over the next two fiscal years to allow the permanent destruction of criminal records.

Here’s Bill C-66 in full:

An agreement-in-principle is now in place to settle a class-action lawsuit involving those who lost federal employment or their military status after June 1969, when same-sex relations were decriminalized.

The government has set aside $110 million to compensate class members.

-Andrew Thomson