CALGARY, AB (NOVEMBER 28, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan released the following statement in response to the Prime Minister’s apology to LGBTQ2S+ Canadians:
“For far too long, the Canadian government sought to punish people for who they were and who they loved. For decades, thousands of LGBTQ2S+ Canadians who sought to serve their country by working for the federal government were persecuted and fired for their sexuality. This policy, based on ignorant and vile stereotypes, was shamefully still in place as late as the 1990s.
“I am pleased to see this federal government taking leadership to right this historic wrong. Every Canadian has the right to freedom from discrimination, and it is a stain on our history that this right was so systematically violated for so long, depriving hard-working Canadians of their careers, professional relationships, livelihoods, and self-respect.
“This apology is a milestone, but it is not the end. The LGBTQ2S+ community still faces discrimination across Canada, including here in Alberta, and we must work together to combat it."