Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday that Canada will offer a formal apology to gay Canadians who were fired from government jobs or criminally charged for their homosexuality.
The Globe and Mail speculates that the apology may be the first such announcement by any national government in the world, if it is a comprehensive as expected.
Financial compensation is also on the way, according to the Globe and Mail, as well as a monument to commemorate the people who lost their jobs.
On Sunday Trudeau tweeted, “On November 28, the Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House – for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on a path to equality & inclusion.”
Lawyer Douglas Elliot, who has pushed a class-action suit against the government of Canada for compensation for those identifying as LGBT, largely homosexual men, who were fired from government jobs and the military for their sexuality.
“I never thought I’d live to see the day,” Elliott told The Globe and Mail, adding that Trudeau will also be offering compensation along with an apology. The lawyer also said a monument to commemorate those fired from their government employment was also in the works.