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Canada considering formal apology to veterans who were sacked for being gay

Canada considering formal apology to veterans who were sacked for being gay

The Canadian Government is reportedly considering issuing a formal apology to gay men and lesbians who were dishonorably discharged from the military and other national security agencies before they became able to serve openly in 1992.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Canada in 1969 thanks to legislation introduced by Pierre Trudeau – the father of Canada’s current prime minister Justin Trudeau.

But for another 23 years after that gay and lesbian Canadians would be sacked from Department of National Defense jobs if their sexuality became known at work.

It is estimated that hundreds, if not thousands, of gay and lesbian service members were dishonorably discharged from their jobs under the policy and a ‘We Demand an Apology Network’ has been campaigning to have their honor restored and an official apology.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s New Democratic Party had called on the then Conservative lead Canadian Government to make such an apology while in Opposition but one was not made.

Now activists are hopeful that the New Democratic Party will issue an apology now that they hold office.

Canada’s Global News sought comment from a spokesperson from the Ministry of National Defense who confirmed that a formal apology was being ‘considered.’

‘The Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defense are committed to the principles of equality and dignity for all,’ the spokesperson said in a statement.