CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Issues Formal Apology For Abuses Of LGBT Citizens [VIDEO]

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 here or here.


UPDATE: Here’s the full speech.

  • JoeMyGod

    The CBC’s live-stream is geo-blocked in the US but you should be able to watch live via at least one of the two House Of Commons feeds above.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Gee…watch a sociopathic liar or an actual leader. Decisions decisions.

  • Tawreos

    I will accept his apology, but I am going to need a hug, preferably a naked one, from him first,

  • Treant

    Simultaneous video: Trudeau or Sanders.

    America, this is why you can’t have nice things.

  • bkmn

    They need to cut his clothing allowance

    • Tawreos

      Let me get my scissors

      • FAEN

        Let’s not waste good clothing. Besides-there is something supremely sexy unbuttoning a man’s shirt😈.

        • Tawreos

          I prefer the sounds of the little buttons popping off myself, but to each their own =)

          • FAEN

            LOL!

  • Ninja0980

    Too much clothing!

  • skyweaver

    1. Doing the overdue and right thing
    2. Being adorable while doing it
    3. Inadvertently trolling the haters in the US
    4. I love Trudeau

  • JoeMyGod

    I’ll add the recorded video to this post when it’s over.

  • Reality.Bites

    Ahem…

    Government announcements are openly bi. Please respect that.

    https://twitter.com/PMcanadien/status/935551050190290944

  • JoeMyGod

    Watching the House Of Commons whip back and forth between English and French is really something. http://www.cpac.ca/en/direct/cpac1/

    • Mikey

      now you know what every family dinner in my family is like 🙂

    • Jim in TO

      Something we are used to. We don’t really notice the change between the speaker and translator.

    • Robincho

      Listening to Justin Trudeau in English is enchanting enough, because it highlights Dumpy’s impoverished command of it. But when he (Justin) starts unloading with the French, well, my peen can only get SO erect… 😉

  • safari

    But it’s 3PM ET and Donald is suppose to wail at the reporters.

    • safari

      Nevermind. He just wants to yell at reporters
      https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/935600008631644161

      • The_Wretched

        They don’t trust him to be live on TV. I wonder if they’ll edit out ‘bad takes’.

      • Sam_Handwich

        what ‘statement’?

        • Gustav2

          Demon-crats and NK are allies in a War Against Real Americans™

  • Leo

    OT Breaking: Senate Tax Bill has cleared the Budget Committee and has been moved to the floor. Reminder that Ron Johnson is now a yes.

    • The_Wretched

      It wouldn’t have moved if they didn’t think they have the votes. That giant implosion sound you’re about to hear is the end of the economy. Massive suffering soon to follow.

  • JoeMyGod

    Right now the House Of Commons is arguing about funding for outdoor skating rinks. So very Canada.

    • JWC

      A wee bit of controvery on that one Very expensive for a short term facility ( now extended a bit ) but the Rideau canal is open for free for longer and in the neighborhood

      • Bambino

        There is also maintenance expenses to be consider if they decide to keep the rink beyond three weeks.

        • JWC

          yup and little to no public imput

    • james1200

      Meanwhile, we’re arguing about cutting taxes for billionaires, gutting the social safety net to cut taxes for billionaires and exactly how Nazis took over our country.

      https://m.popkey.co/364e76/KMq40_s-200×150.gif

    • Bambino

      Hey! We take our skating rink seriously! The actual issue is about the government spending a few millions on an outdoor ice skating ring outside the capital to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the country. The complaint is legit since the rink is only use for three weeks. Any parts will be contributed to the local communities. The contesting part is why not keep it around through the winter until March or however long the winter season last.

  • FAEN

    Take note President Doll Hands-this is how a real leader behaves.

  • JoeMyGod

    Trudeau is at the podium while special guests are recognized in the gallery: http://www.cpac.ca/en/direct/cpac1/

  • JoeMyGod

    “Today we finally talk about the systemic oppression, repression, and violence against Canada’s LGBT people.” – Justin Trudeau.

  • another_steve
  • JoeMyGod

    “Bathhouses were raided, people were entrapped by police. Our laws made private consensual sex between same-sex partners a criminal offense. Those arrested and charged were purposely and vindictively shamed. Lives were destroyed and tragically, lives were lost.” – Justin Trudeau.

    • The_Wretched

      Having Trudeau be kind and decent puts Trump’s idiocy of the day into stark relief. Even knowing how bad Trump is, getting the reminder on what’s decent and normal makes it clear how far we’ve fallen. It’s next to impossible to keep the Trump insanity’s shear scale in mind.

      • SFBruce

        So very important. It’s easy to become numb to the outrage du jour, but it has to be resisted. I’m no longer surprised at Donnie’s antics, but I refuse to not be shocked. This is not the new normal.

  • JoeMyGod

    “Over our history laws enacted by our government legitimized hatred and violence and brought shame to those targeted. While we may today view Canada as a forward-thinking nation, we can’t forget our past.” – Justin Trudeau.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Leo

      Johnson’s now a yes and Murkowski will say yes based on the oil subsidy/expansion. We need 3. I don’t think we’re getting 3. This thing’s getting passed.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Which version?

        • The_Wretched

          Senate. The holdouts were mollified by verbal promises from McConnel and Trump. Which is stupid.

  • JoeMyGod

    “The military and the RCMP spied against our own people in their workplaces. They even tried a device called the “Fruit Machine” to detect homosexual behavior. Suspects were taken to secret places, hooked up to polygraph machines, and these law-abiding public servants had the most intimate details of their lives exposed.” – Justin Trudeau.

    • Reality.Bites

      The Fruit Machine measured the girth of your penis while looking at photos.

      • Treant

        What if you always have a rager going on down there?

        • Reality.Bites

          There were already photos of Maggie Gallagher around in the 70s.

          • Treant

            Well…so much for that, and I was close to setting a personal record.

          • Reality.Bites

            I discovered on Friday morning you can get one with a catheter up there, and that it won’t go away anytime soon no matter how much you want it to.

          • Treant

            Yeah, that was when I found out I didn’t mind a little gentle urethral stimulation.

          • Reality.Bites

            I spent 6 hours removing it when I was allowed. 😉

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Sounding is a thing for a reason. Not my cup o’ tea, but have at it with hearty blessings!

          • Smokey

            I discovered that in recovery after a heart ablation. Interesting sensations to say the least.

  • JoeMyGod

    “Mr. Speaker, the number one job of any government is to keep its citizens safe. And on this we have failed the LGBT community. It is with shame and sorrow and deep regret for the things we’ve done that I stand here today and say, ‘We were wrong. I am sorry. We are sorry.'” – Justin Trudeau.

    • Tawreos

      I love the smell of compassionate leadership in the afternoon

      • Jeffrey

        We smell something distinctly different here all day long

    • pj

      imagine trump doing that.

      • Archipelagos

        “I’m sorry that you feel I have to be sorry about something. Sad!”

        • Joseph Miceli

          Bingo !

      • Nick in Pasadena

        “Why should I apologize to LGBT people? They knew what they were signing up for.”

    • JCF

      [Please forgive me for what I’m about to post.]

      “Come on Jessica!
      Come on Tori!
      Let’s go to the mall
      You won’t be so-o-ree!”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mJAsgIIfNM

  • Ninja0980

    Stuff like this is important, especially since you have so many bigots who want to go back to this and children that are being tortured this way now with conversion therapy.

  • Reality.Bites
    • Gustav2

      Someone who is not bilingual?

      • Reality.Bites

        Not what I meant

      • Tawreos

        I’d be willing to teach him if he is willing to learn.

    • Reality.Bites
      • Mikey

        oh woof! now THAT is something I’d vote for!!!
        sadly, I live in an extremely separatist area of Quebec and our MP is not pleasing to look at.

        • Gustav2

          It that a requirement in the separatist movement?

          • Mikey

            I’ve seen a few handsome separatists, though the political alignment is a big turn-off for me. We’re just unlucky to live in an area that was not blessed with a handsome/photogenic representative.

          • Reality.Bites

            Rural Quebec, which was impoverished for decades and led horrifically hard lives, didn’t make many beauties.

          • Mikey

            actually, I have MANY incredibly handsome male cousins (and beautiful – as far as I can tell – female cousins as well). My family is entirely old stock french-canadian, with our lineage going back to the very first settlements.

            The daughter of one of my cousins, who all still live up in the Saguenay, is a lesbian who always brings her girlfriend to family functions. My 90 yr old aunts and uncles have been been pestering me to bring my husband for a visit. So for a bunch of country folk, they are really open-minded.

      • Canadian Observer

        Matt DeCourcey (MP for Fredericton [N.B.])

        • Bambino

          So strange now that they sit in parliament both decide to grow a beard. Not that I’m complaining.

      • Mikey

        He does NOT look at all like his clean-shaven pic.
        Now here is a guy who REALLY should keep that beard, he just oozes sex looking like that.

        Clean-shaven, he’s sort of nerdy looking 🙂

    • It looks like Francis Drouin with a goatee. (I guess a Movember thing since he’s usually clean-shaven).

      • AmeriCanadian

        Someone needs to tell him to keep it! It’s very flattering.

    • Canadian Observer

      Dan Ruimy (MP for Pitt Meadows Maple Ridge [B.C.])

    • Hue-Man

      LGBTQ2 Advisor Randy Boissonnault and the two out gay Cabinet ministers from today’s press conference – Scott Brison, Seamus O’Regan.
      https://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.3698456.1511916019!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg
      Caption: Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault (right) talks to media as Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (left to right) Heritage Minister Melanie Joly,
      Treasury Board President Scott Brison, Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus
      O’Regan, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and EGALE executive director
      Helen Kennedy look on in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Tuesday,
      Nov.28, 2017. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

  • JoeMyGod

    “To all the LGBT2Q people we have harmed in so many ways, we are sorry. For stripping you of your dignity, we are sorry. To the victims of the purge, who were forced to turn on friends and colleagues, we betrayed you.” – Justin Trudeau.

  • JoeMyGod

    “For all your suffering, you deserve justice, you deserve peace. It is to our collective shame that this apology took so long. For causing you such irreparable pain, we are sorry.” – Justin Trudeau.

  • Gigi

    O/T of sorts: Justin Trudeau with his father Pierre Elliot Trudeau at a Montreal Expos baseball game in 1987. (Love the “gay” stance.)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/89c67dbdd26c1692235fb7e2b461efa1b1c0f94b693e9969ba9ba360838430c3.jpg

    • Mike C.

      Adorable.

  • Tawreos

    We have seen such beautiful and compassionate words coming out of Australia and Canada today. It probably means that the GOP will be introducing a homosexual registration bill today just to offset the good feelings.

    • Mikey

      yes but the GOP bill will include free (compulsory) tattoos for all “registered” homosexuals.

      and the next GOP LGBT bill will be a housing bill…

      • Tawreos

        If that happens, be sure to avoid the showers.

  • JoeMyGod

    “It is my hope that we will look back on today as a turning point. But there is still so much work ahead of us. We want to be a partner and ally to LGBTQ2 communities going forward. Transgender Canadians are subject to oppression and violence at alarming rates. The homelessness rate among young LGBTQ2 Canadians is staggering.” – Justin Trudeau.

  • Ninja0980

    Was reading up on him.
    Didn’t realize he had a younger brother that had died and whose body had never been recovered:(

    • Reality.Bites

      Also born on Christmas Day.

      Dad was subtle. And evidently Mom’s cycle was regular as fuck!

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Yup, Sasha the equally hot spare brother, also scored Christmas too.

    • marshlc

      Yes, in an avalanche.

  • Reality.Bites

    No, you can’t comfort him while he cries, Americans.

    • Treant

      No problem. I wanna make it so good that he lies there for ten minutes and then cries because it was phenomenal and he finally knows what love is.

  • Boreal

    Everett Klippert: The last Canadian to go to jail simply for being gay
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/everett-klippert-lgbt-apology-1.4422190

    • Hue-Man

      Court documents don’t say what led to police arrest Klippert

      for arson but during questioning he admitted to having sex with four men
      in the Northwest Territories.

      Police charged him with four counts of gross indecency. At the
      time, the charge included any acts of homosexuality. On Aug. 24, 1965 in
      a Fort Smith, N.W.T., courtroom, he was sentenced to three years in
      jail.

      The judge in his case also put forth an application for
      Klippert to be designated a “dangerous sexual offender” because he
      believed Klippert was unable to “control his sexual urges.”

      This isn’t ancient history; I’m old but this happened during my (mis-spent) youth. Worse, attitudes among millions of Americans and Canadians haven’t shifted in the intervening 50 years.

  • MikeBx2

    I may switch to all Canadian news all the time.

  • Orly

    Justin Trudeau, 2020!

    • Well, in reality 2019, and yes, he will be re-elected.

      • AmeriCanadian

        I sure hope he’s re-elected. Nobody in southwestern Ontario likes Wynne and I’m pretty sure she’s on her way out as Ontario’s Premier. I’m just wondering if this sentiment will be echoed in the federal election.

        • Reality.Bites

          Ontario had a Liberal government all through the Harper years. We had a PC government all through the Pearson and Trudeau years.

          We tend to divide our votes that way.

          The Liberals have won four consecutive elections in Ontario. We need a PC term to remind us why. And if he manages to turn into another Bill Davis Red Tory, I won’t care.

  • JoeMyGod

    “Thanks to dialog and better mutual understanding we’ll move forward together. Canada’s history is far from perfect, but we believe in acknowledging past wrongs so we can learn from them. We’re Canadians. We want the very best for each other regardless of gender or sexual orientation.” – Justin Trudeau.

  • Reality.Bites

    The political beauty of this is that the Conservatives have no realistic choice but to sign on and there will be dissent.

    • Jim in TO

      All 5 parties will officially support the bill. There will be some Conservative MPs and probably more Conservative Senators who will speak against it. However, I believe this will pass both houses by a large majority. The Conservative party leadership realizes that coming out against this would hurt a lot more politically than it would help.

  • Mikey

    one important detail here: notice that BOTH sides of the house stand and applaud at the end. Even our Conservatives know when it’s time to do the right thing.

    • Reality.Bites

      Don’t have a choice – they are behind the mainstream on LGBTQ issues and it hurts them.

      • Max_1

        They need to breathe and relax…
        … It get’s better.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          Oh, the number of times I’ve whispered that in a young man’s ear.

    • Bambino

      I am keeping a keen eye on Patrick Brown a conservative who is playing divisive game in the province of Ontario. Our election is in June 2018. He has been pivoting to seems like a centrist in social issues. I do not buy it for one second.

      • Paula

        I am sad to report that my relatives in Newfoundland are righty idiots, too.

        • Bambino

          As long as we have leaders who are ahead of the curve and willing to step up and do the right thing to lead rather than just let those uneducated deplorables taking control of the country, we should be fine. But It does requires continuing of educations and be vigilant about the push back. They will never stop at turning back the clock as we witness the horror show playing out in the US.

      • Reality.Bites

        I do, because there’s nothing he can do about them. And Canadian Conservatives have learned there’s little point in aiming your platform at people who have no choice but to vote for you anyway.

        If he can’t take those suburban Toronto and golden horseshoe seats, loaded with minorities, he can’t gain power.

        He’ll be a traditional conservative and destroy people’s lives economically, just like Harper, no matter what he pretended in the past about social issues.

        • Bambino

          He is playing to the politics of these minorities by talking issues like sex education, LBGTQ2, legalization of Marijuana and any issues that will get the religiously and culturally sensitive voters to be on his side.

        • prixator

          I don’t know – look up Sam Oosterhoff. He’s in the golden horseshoe.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Yeah, he’s one to watch. Sadly, Wynne has cocked up a lot and it’s going to burn her. The NDP? Well, people here still remember Bob Rae, so like I said, it’s going to be one to watch.

        • prixator

          Andrea Horwath is so uninspiring. Patrick Brown is a weasel. Kathleen Wynne will eke out another win – hopefully another majority.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Unfortunately it’s a necessity, but it still rankles that she seems to constantly fuck things up.

  • JoeMyGod

    “To the kids listening at home who fear rejection and to those who are nervous or scared about what their future might hold, we are all worthy of love and respect.” – Justin Trudeau.

    • alc2018

      WE ARE ALL WORTHY OF LOVE AND RESPECT. just wow.
      (now how do we get him to come here and run for office??)

      • Sebastian

        you cant have him! he is ours! and also look what Americans do when they have good leaders like Barack and Hillary…. they vote in the orange baffoon… we wont let you take anymore of our good Canadians, youve already taken too many!

        • Craig Howell

          This is why we can’t have nice things.

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      • Spray on abs

        “We are all worthy of love and respect”…except tRump.

  • JoeMyGod

    “For the oppression of the LGBTQ2 communities, we were wrong. We are sorry. We will NEVER let this happen again.” – Justin Trudeau, closing his apology to a standing ovation in the House Of Commons.

    • Robincho

      After which, M. Trudeau immediately began flinging rolls of paper towels into the Ottawa skies…

      • jerry

        What, did they need hurricane relief too?

  • Reality.Bites

    Leader of the Opposition is a homophobic prick.

    And his French is poor. (This is the first time I’ve heard him speak in either language because, see above)

  • Paula

    American republican apology: We apologize that you aren’t allowed to kill or own GLBTs in this country.

    • Gustav2

      We are sorry they haven’t found Jeebus!

  • Webster

    The mantle of Greatness and National Exceptionalism has just shifted onto the shoulders of Canada…

    • iambu

      I would honestly not be surprised much if in the coming 10ish years, there will be a lot of Americans living in Canada. Even undoing ONE year of this administration is gonna be messy enough to prompt people to emigrate.

  • Survey Programmer

    Prime Minister Trudeau’s formal government apology today to his LGBTQ citizens who suffered injustices under Canada’s former anti-gay discriminatory laws confirms what I once saw on a bumper sticker and makes me proud to be a dual Canadian-American citizen…”CANADA: America Done Better.”

  • Ninja0980

    We could have had someone like that here too but noooo.

  • Reality.Bites

    Did you all just hear a Conservative criticize Russia?

  • worstcultever

    That was incredible to watch. Made me cry.

  • Reality.Bites

    Now watch for the NDP speech to make Trudeau seem old-fashioned on LGBTQ issues. 😉

  • another_steve

    Looking to emigrate to Canada. Two gay males and one fuckin’ bitch Maine Coon cat.

    Please advise re availability.

    • If you have lots of money, Toronto or Vancouver. Montreal is cheaper (and better).

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Partial to Toronto but you are not kidding on the price! Damn, I remember when it not nearly as expensive. Costs just skyrocketed!

      • another_steve

        I’ve been to all three cities and loved them.

        Canadians are special.

        I’d have no problem whatsoever living among them.

    • iambu

      Ottawa if ya wanna run into Justin at the grocery store!

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      Did you identify one fuckin’ bitch correctly?

      • another_steve

        Lol. Neither I nor my man am a bitch.

        The girl who eats my houseplants, however… definitely.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          LOL

    • Mikey

      Can you say “one fuckin’ bitch” in French?
      If so, you can apply directly to move to Québec (a completely separate immigration platform, with different requirements).

      • another_steve

        I studied French in university and can speak it well enough to ask where the restroom is.

        I think I’d survive in Québec.

        • AmeriCanadian

          Funny. I took my mother on a tour of fall colors in Vermont one year and decided to go home via Québec and Ontario (I lived in Michigan west of Sarnia/Port Huron at the time). While driving through Québec, my mother had to use the restroom so I stopped at a rest area and told her to simply say “toilette” out loud if she couldn’t find it. Sure enough, she couldn’t find it so here’s this 75 year old woman standing in the middle of a crowded rest area filled with Québécois yelling toilette over and over. An older gentleman took her by the arm and led her to the women’s restroom, for which she was grateful. I still chuckle today since that’s about the only French word she had ever spoken. I should have taught her “je dois pisser”. 😉

          P.S. I did love my mom even though I had fun ribbing her.

        • Robincho

          Esker voo zavay oon peeswarr eecee?…

          • another_steve

            LMAO

            Yes. The various commercial “translate” sites out there do it that way.

        • Mikey

          Your French proficiency has to be at a certain level. They do expect you to live “en français” while residing in Québec.

          It isn’t so much a question of whether or not you’d survive, but more one of “is your French level high enough to get the work you are looking for”.

        • Hue-Man
    • safari

      Post a picture of your darling kitty, wouldn’t you?

    • Canadian Observer

      No problem with the cat, it already has a fur coat, you and hubby might find “climate suitability” a bit of a challenge though.

      • another_steve

        Here in the state of Maryland, we’re weather sissies. Two inches of snow and we freak out.

        You guys think “two inches of snow” and laugh.

        • Canadian Observer

          Actually, we hear “two inches of snow” and then ask what the temperature is. below -10 we can use a broom, but it if is above -10 we probably will need a shovel. Bonus points for knowing what the windchill is. (Take notes Steve, there is a written test to get in)

          • another_steve

            Lol. 😉

            We here just south of Canada get two inches of snow and the world ends. Schools close. Highways become impassable.

            I used to be more resilient.

            Today, in my dotage, I assume fetal position and softly weep.

        • Matt G, Rochester

          Hell, here in upstate New York we laugh at two inches, of snow that is.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/RyanTAnd/status/935318453120008192
    I won’t discriminate Ryan.
    I’ll gladly tell you and your Muslim buddy to both fuck off in your attempts to turn this country into a theocracy and justify discrimination with stuff written thousands of years ago.

    • Treant

      Oh, no, this is GREAT. You make sure to tell the Supreme Court–particularly Roberts, Gorsuch, Alito, and Thomas, that you intend on enacting Muslim Religious Liberty the instant they make it legal!

    • Boreal
      • Treant

        Face down on a bed while dozens of conservative men use him mercilessly.

        Hey, he’s technically still a virgin…

        • Gustav2

          And comes with his own ‘beard’

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            It’s not a beard! It’s his “look! this proves how butch I am and that I really, really like boobies” mask.

      • Tread

        Behind a glory hole at the local truck stop.

        • Treant

          You say that like it’s a bad thing.

          • Tread

            He uses teeth.

    • Gustav2

      The cake decorator is not a participant. He will not receive an invitation, not asked to bless or officiate the wedding, not asked to give the toast at the wedding dinner…

      and is certainly not asked to dance.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Oh is Ryan talking again? Hard to get those words out with his tongue wrapped around that pretty pink purse.

      Seriously, Mary, you’re self hating bigotry is not fooling anyone.

  • Bambino
  • Bambino

    It’s amazing to hear the Prime Minister of a country talking about gay men having sex so nonchalant.

    • Mikey

      I always have sex nonchalant.

  • billbear1961

    O/T: I’d like to introduce you to one of the best writers I’ve come across on the net (he or she–I’ve never noticed whether it’s a man or woman writing–appears often on Political Wire):

    disqus_lWwzrwNaw6 7 days ago

    This is coming out of Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post. I was willing to give the first accuser the benefit of the doubt, even though she’s an extremist, Tea Bag, pro-Donald loon with long ties to Sean Hannity, Roy Moore’s most unhinged defender in the whole Murdoch empire; but no longer.
    I truly believe this whole narrative to be a poisonous, Republican dirty trick, designed to destroy the career of one of the most vocal, effective Democrats in the Senate, and doing it in such a way that the obedient press is rushing to cover the latest “Democratic” scandal.
    None of the headlines in the daily news are about the grotesque, democracy-destroying tax bill these dark money fascist Republicans are going to shove through next week—-so mission accomplished.
    The country cannot be saved. The same press that played “both sides” for twenty five years, giving us first the Newt Gingrich ascendancy, then the stolen Bush presidency of 2000, then the ceaseless attacks on Obama for “failing” in bipartisan outreach to the vile fascist apparatchik Mitch McConnell, and then last year’s unhinged anti-Hillary coverage, is now shoveling on one lying, slimy, Republican attack after another on an effective progressive, destroying his career (the way they once destroyed ACORN with doctored tapes, Big Lies, and Democratic panic).
    The consequence: our country is in disarray, the madman in the White House is refusing to send disaster funds to Democratic states as an autocratic act of punishment for having voted against him, our life-saving environmental regulations have been rolled back, our courts are being packed with malignant little madmen working for the corporate interests, and a tax bill designed to destroy everything from our public education system to a free, fair, open press to the right of ordinary American workers to organize.
    Brace yourselves. It’ll be a lot worse by this time next year, when the Republicans will have stolen the 2018 mid-terms, no doubt with a great deal of civil violence to provide a smokescreen (in some cases, with real smoke).

  • billbear1961

    disqus_lWwzrwNaw6 7 days ago

    I certainly hope Jimmy Carter and a team of poll-watchers from the United Nations make it down to Alabama next month for this election. It’s one of the leakiest, most corrupt voting systems in a country with a whole lot of leaky, corrupt voting systems. These people are laying track to declare Moore the winner whether or not he actually wins (this is something Republicans have become quite skilled at pulling off since that little scuffle down in Florida in 2000).

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Imagine a national leader marching in Pride in 2017. The biggest Pride in the nation, in the biggest city in the country right smack downtown, with eyes all around, media coverage in droves, and then waving a flag that combines the national flag and the rainbow flag. We have Trump. Canada has this:

    https://images.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/news/gta/2017/06/25/trudeau-to-march-in-toronto-pride-parade-sunday/trudeau-pride.jpg.size-custom-crop.1086×0.jpg

  • JaniceInToronto

    I am very proud to be a Canadian today. I hope our brothers and sisters in the states can make something like this happen for themselves.

  • M Jackson

    Save the apology — I just wanna know where I sign up to be abused by Justin. sigh

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

    Truly wish I were a Canadian citizen. No place is perfect, but my heart has been there for many years, and PM Trudeau’s actions in office, including this speech, is icing on the cock. I mean cake.

  • Robin Prins

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  • If it weren’t for the brown hair instead of orange, I would imagine our American “selected” leader saying these very words, LOL https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/426669135e528e508cf7d1a613a84158acd9dcf3d8b704c9fbec35318c309d08.jpg

  • Hue-Man

    Out gay journalist John Ibbitson, Globe & Mail:
    How will LGBTQ Canadians take Trudeau’s apology? Eight views on Canada’s injustices
    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/lgbtq-canada-apology/article37071384/

  • leastyebejudged

    Reparations, or it’s just gasbaggery.

    • Hue-Man

      CAD 100 to 145 million is the range of the class action settlement announced yesterday.

      • leastyebejudged

        For military and government employees.

        Just like the USA, the rest of us can fuck off.

  • Hue-Man

    Out gay Cabinet Minister Seamus O’Regan interview on CBC Power & Politics today. (I don’t think it’s geo-blocked)
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/today-is-a-day-of-celebration-but-it-s-a-day-of-vigilance-because-you-don-t-take-it-for-granted-1.4423941

  • JCF

    NPR played a bit of this, while I was in the car. I started weeping at the stoplight.

  • Hue-Man

    Starting Thursday, Supreme Court of Canada has two days of hearings in the Trinity Western University Law School (AKA Liberty Law North) vs. Law Society of Upper Canada case. How can the Supremes support a licence to discriminate against LGBT students following the apology, draft legislation, and class action settlement of this week? (Link is to webcast starting 9:30 AM EST both days)
    http://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/webcast-webdiffusion-eng.aspx?cas=37209