The CBC reports:
The Canadian government has tabled [introduced] a bill that will allow people convicted of historical same-sex offences to have their criminal records expunged.
Proposed legislation aims to correct a “historical injustice” now recognized as the criminalization of same-sex activity by consenting adults, effectively removing from the record convictions that would today be inconsistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The announcement is part of a historic apology that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver in the House of Commons at 3 p.m. ET today. CBCNews.ca will carry it live, followed by a news conference with six cabinet ministers with affected files and the prime minister’s special adviser on LGBT issues.
He will formally apologize for actions the government took against thousands of workers in the Canadian military and public service in the 1950s to the 1990s, including thousands who were fired because of their sexuality as part of a “national security” purge.
Watch live at 3:15PM (ET) as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers an apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House of Commons. pic.twitter.com/A6u5QZiVRb
— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) November 28, 2017
UPDATE: Here’s the full speech.
LIVE NOW – Official apology in the House for the state-sponsored, systemic oppression, and rejection of LGBTQ2 people: https://t.co/55bmrnw6vZ
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 28, 2017