Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his government will give $100 million to LGBTQ persons who have allegedly been slighted or disenfranchised in the past due to their sexual orientation.
Trudeau delivered his apology in the House of Commons Monday, and is set to donate the money to federal employees and military members who were investigated or fired during what many have coined Canada’s “gay purge.” The payment comes as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement, according to CBC News.
“I never thought I’d live to see the day,” lawyer Douglas Elliot, who has pushed a class-action suit against the Canadian government for compensation, told The Globe and Mail. (RELATED: Trudeau To Offer Formal Apology To Gay Canadians).
“It’s also been an incredibly long time coming,” said Gary Kinsman, a spokesman for the We Demand an Apology Network. “It should have happened decades ago, in my view.”
In addition to the $100 million, the Canadian government has also announced that it will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the federal decriminalization of homosexual acts in 2019. It will also strike all criminal records of those convicted for homosexual sexual activity.
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