Federal government may apologize to victims of homosexual discrimination
Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:37PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:45PM EDT
The federal government is looking into apologizing to gay veterans and others who were the victims of policies that discriminated against homosexuals.
Two weeks ago CTV Montreal reported on five veterans who were harassed for their sexual orientation.
Veterans Suzanne Thibault, Martine Roy, Line Blackburn, Diane Vincent and Johanne Boutin said how they were proud to join the military, but were ultimately drummed out of the force after being repeatedly interrogated over their sexual orientation.
They were among many who joined the Canadian Armed Forces at a time when Canadian Forces Administrative order 19-20 was in place.
That reflected government policy at the time to not allow homosexuals in the military because they were considered a security risk.
CFAO 19-20 was repealed in 1992.
On Thursday the Globe and Mail reported the federal government may apologize for that policy, and several other laws and regulations that discriminated against homosexuals.
The Prime Minister's Office would not confirm that to CTV Montreal, saying only they were still analyzing the issue.
The federal government is also examining apologizing for those convicted of homosexual behaviour before 1969, and will examine the possibility of compensating people.
A report by Egale, presented to the federal government earlier this year, also recommends training programs for police officers, border guards, and others to eliminate prejudice against homosexuals.