VIDEO: Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau Says Government will Apologize & Reverse Past Same Sex Convictions

| June 16, 2017

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale(left), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault raise the pride and transgender flags on Parliament Hill on June 14. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Justin Trudeau has announced that new legislation will be introduced to erase convictions for sexual activity with a same-sex partner under historical laws.

The Toronto Star reports that Canada’s Liberal government will introduce legislation later in 2017 to reverse past convictions for sexual activity with a same-sex partner. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement as rainbow flags were raised on Parliament’s west lawn.

According to the Star, “the legislation would add to reforms already in the works to atone for the damage caused to thousands of Canadians convicted of gross indecency for committing homosexual acts. Egale, a national organization that advocates for the rights of sexual minorities, handed the government a report last June that recommended those convictions be expunged, pardoned or somehow stricken from the records of those convicted. Before 1969, same-sex acts between consensual adults were considered unlawful.”

“Our government will be moving forward with a process for the expungement of criminal convictions for Canadians who were unjustly convicted of a crime simply for who they were and who they loved,” Trudeau said as dozens of people gathered for the announcement cheered.




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