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The statement Trudeau made on June 14, 2017.
The Government of Canada is committed to acknowledge and address the historical injustices experienced by Canadians due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the government will introduce legislation to make it possible to erase the convictions for Canadians who were found guilty under historical, unjust laws for sexual activity with a same sex partner.
The Prime Minister made the announcement during a ceremony on Parliament Hill where the Pride, Transgender Pride, and Canada 150 Pride flags were raised. The Prime Minister was joined by his Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues, MP Randy Boissonnault, other Parliamentarians, and a number of individuals and organizations who play a crucial role in advancing equality.
This legislation – expected to be introduced later this year – will be another concrete step by the Government of Canada to acknowledge and address injustices faced by LGBTQ2 communities. Other steps include the introduction of legislation to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression, and to remove discriminatory Criminal Code provisions regarding consensual sexual activity that are unconstitutional.
The Government of Canada has also introduced measures to repeal Section 159 of the Criminal Code to end its discriminatory impact on consensual same sex sexual activity.
The IDEA from Lifesitenews.com
The report recommended repealing the Criminal Code ban on anal sex, and in November, Liberals tabled legislation to repeal Criminal Code Section 159, a bill that was absorbed into Bill C-39 in March.
Section 159 permits anal sex in private between any two consenting people age 18 and over, or between a husband and wife, but prohibits it between more than two people, in public, and for anyone under age 18.
The effect of repealing Section 159 would be to lower the age of consent for anal sex to 16, putting it on par under the Code with the age of consent for all other sexual activity, but it could also allow group anal sex, and leave young male adolescents unprotected and vulnerable, Landolt said at that time.
Landolt noted that despite court rulings that the ban on anal sex was unconstitutional, no previous government, Liberal or Conservative, had made any move to lower the age for anal sex to 16, because the need to protect teenage boys, not to mention girls, trumped any so-called need for equality.
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