Justin Trudeau wipes away tears as he apologises for Canada’s historic persecution of gay people
Justin Trudeau has issued a heartfelt apologised for the historic persecution of gay people in Canada.
The Canadian Prime Minister wiped away tears as he delivered a moving speech in parliament on Tuesday (November 28), apologising for “Canada’s role in the systemic oppression, criminalization, and violence” of LGBT+ people.
“It is with shame and sorrow and deep regret for the things we have done that I stand here today and say: We were wrong. We apologise. I am sorry. We are sorry,” he said told a packed House of Commons.
Same-sex sexual activity was legalised in Canada in 1969, but an official Cold War policy saw thousands of LGBT people continue to be fired from government and military positions in the years after decriminalisation.
Trudeau’s government has earmarked C$100m (£58m) to