In an emotional speech in parliament delivered Tuesday, Justin Trudeau apologized for “Canada’s role in the systemic oppression, criminalization, and violence” of LGBTQ people.”
During the speech, Trudeau said:
“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 apologize. I am sorry. We are sorry.”
Although homosexual activity became legal in 1969 throughout Canada, the country still fired thousands of LGBTQ people from government and military jobs for many years afterwards.
Now, the government plans to pay $100 million to “compensate” any surviving victims of the country’s “gay purge”.
“You are professionals,” Trudeau said, eyes filling with tears. “You are patriots. And above all, you are innocent. And for all your suffering, you deserve justice, and you deserve peace.’
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 28, 2017
“Wrapping up an emotional day with members of the LGBTQ2 community,” he wrote later on Twitter. “Let’s keep moving forward together.”
Wrapping up an emotional day with members of the LGBTQ2 community – let's keep moving forward together. pic.twitter.com/02nHTCXuud
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 29, 2017
Watch the entire speech below: