Trudeau Apologizes to LGBTQ Canadians
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued an apology in the House of Commons to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and 2-spirited Canadians for the past wrongs committed by the Government of Canada through its legislation, policies, and practices.
Trudeau made the emotional speech.
"As Canadians, we all want the very best for each other." As the Prime Minister said today, "The changing of hearts and minds is a collective effort. We need to work together, across jurisdictions, with Indigenous peoples and LGBTQ2 communities, to make the crucial progress that LGBTQ2 Canadians deserve."
By July 2005, same-sex marriages were legally recognized in all provinces and territories except Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, encompassing over 85% of Canada's population of roughly 31 million people.
In 1999, gays and lesbians scored a major victory when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled, in M. v. H., that gay and lesbian couples should have the same rights as heterosexual common-law couples.