Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made headlines by delivering an emotional filled apology to all members of the Canadian LGBTQ+ community for past discrimination and wrongdoing they endured. People around the world are praising Trudeau for his act of bringing awareness to the decades long struggle the LGBTQ+ community has faced against oppression at the hands of their own governments.
Today, we offer a long overdue apology to all those whom we, the Government of Canada, wronged. We are sorry. We hope by acknowledging our failings we can make the crucial progress LGBTQ2 people in Canada deserve. We will continue to support each other in our fight for equality because we know that Canada gets stronger every single day that we choose to embrace diversity - Trudeau
Some are wondering when (or if) other nations that have historically oppressed this community will also acknowledge their wrongdoings. However, others are questioning why apologies for past wrongs is necessary. Does apologizing really make a difference? Some say we should let the past stay in the past and it makes no sense to apologize for things others in the past did. This is the notion that I am addressing in this myTake.
I believe Canada is ahead of the game when it comes to gaining equality for all historically oppressed minority groups but it doesn't hurt to acknowledge that mistakes were made in the past. By acknowledging those mistakes, it shows a big step in the right direction and may even help other nations follow suit in giving their LGBT communities those basic rights that are still missing in much of the world.
Here is a brief excerpt of his speech.
As an example of one thing Trudeau is apologizing for, apparently "the government introduced legislation to expunge the criminal records of those convicted of having consensual same-sex activity. Canada decriminalized homosexuality in 1969, yet records of the convictions remain. The bill earmarks 4 million Canadian dollars ($3.11 million) over the next two fiscal years to carry out the destruction of these criminal records.
Trudeau also announced an agreement had been reached in a class-action lawsuit for 110 million Canadian dollars ($85.80 million) to be paid out to former civil servants and members of the military who lost their jobs because of their sexual orientation. A ban on lesbian and gay military service persisted until 1992." (taken from this news article).
I agree that it is unacceptable for members of the LGBTQ+ community to continue to carry around criminal records simply because of who they love! Actions like this can go a long way towards helping individuals reconcile with the Canadian government for the hatred they experienced in the past when Canada was not so LGBTQ+ friendly. It is also a big step towards healing. And since many of those people who experienced that discrimination are still alive today, I say apologizing IS necessary! I would also love to see more countries follow suit, acknowledge their wrongdoings, and continue to strive for equality.
What do you think about this? If you are not Canadian, do you feel your country should follow Trudeau's footsteps? Share your thoughts below. ❤️💛💚💙💜
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Canadian here, and I fucking hate JT!!! Ok, the apology thing is for anyone who was fired or denied employment in any level of a Canadian Government job, including RCMP, Military, Parliament, and even municipal levels simply because you were gay. I fully support any sexuality, and therefore if you were fired or denied employment simply because you are gay, then yes, you should get an official apology. What I don't agree with is the possibility that the Canadian government may be open to or obliged to financially compensate those people in the same regard as Omar Khadr or Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin were. I highly doubt any monies would be in the millions of dollars, but this still could cost tax payers in the millions depending on how many there are and how far this goes. Paying people out is not fair because other employment opportunities existed, plus, there was no guarantee they would have stayed there or possibly had been fired for legitimate reasons anyways. This is just more proof that Liberal mentality is a mental disorder saying that just because you are gay you are automatically repressed and therefore a victim and you should be automatically compensated for by everyone else. Socialism and wealth redistribution one "sorry" at a time.
truthbeknown - You are a wise man Sir.