Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
Justin Trudeau during the gay Pride parade in Montreal
Ottawa — Canadians who have faced criminal prosecution, having been driven from the army or dismissed from public service because of their sexual orientation will receive an official apology from the prime minister before the end of the month.
The prime minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed on his Twitter account, that the government “will submit a formal apology in the Chamber to Canadians LGBTQ2 for the persecution and injustices suffered” on the 28th of November.
On 28 November, the government will publish a formal apology in the Chamber to Canadians LGBTQ2 for the persecution and injustices suffered and to move forward together towards equality and inclusion.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 19, 2017
From the 1950s, the federal government, taking the pretext of national security, had conducted a witch-hunt against thousands of officials, soldiers or agents of the RCMP because of their sexual orientation.
Prior to 1966, many Canadians have been convicted of gross indecency because they were gay.
The government should by the end of the year introduce legislation to pardon anyone who had been convicted of having consensual sex with a same sex partner.
Last summer, Denis Coderre, mayor of Montreal, and the head of the police Department of the city of Montreal, Philippe Pitcher had presented an official apology for the raids police to discriminatory and often violent, which have referred to the community LGBTQ + from the 1950s to the 1990s.
This means a lot. It is even more important that the apology will be presented by Mr. Trudeau, because we know that they will be sincere.
A victim of this witch hunt, Martine Roy could not hold back her tears upon hearing the news. “It is wonderful, she told The canadian Press. Even if we struggle all his life for something, it was hard to believe it when it happens. “
Ms. Roy was older than 20 years and had not even a year of experience in the canadian armed Forces when the military police was arrested in his workplace. It has taken her to an interrogation room, demanding to Ms. Roy for her to acknowledge her lesbianism. The young lady had to submit to psychological tests. In less than a year, she was kicked out of the army.
Thirty-three years later, she said that this event completely changed his life. In 1992, when the federal government amended its law, it thought of get an apology, but in vain.
“It means a lot. It is even more important that the apology will be presented by Mr. Trudeau, because we know that they will be sincere, ” she commented.