Canada To Offer $110 Million to Victims of Anti-Gay Discrimination

ashley.rae | November 29, 2017
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As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a lengthy apology to the “LGBTQ2” community on Tuesday, the government announced that it will pay up to 110 million Canadian dollars to victims of state-sponsored anti-gay discrimination over the years.

CBC news reports the payments will be given as part of a class-action settlement made by members of the LGBTQ community who claimed Canada discriminated against them for their sexuality.

Until the 1990s, Canada reportedly fired people from government jobs if they suspected that they are gay. The “fruit machine” was used to determine whether an individual was gay.

In his official apology, Trudeau explained, “From the 1950s to the early 1990s, the government of Canada exercised its authority in a cruel and unjust manner, undertaking a campaign of oppression against members, and suspected members, of the LGBTQ2 communities.”

Trudeau claimed that the Canadian government purged people who they suspected were gay because the government determined they could be blackmailed for their “character weakness.”

The Canadian government also announced that it would expunge the criminal records of people who were convicted of being gay.

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