November 28, 2017 (Edmonton) – The Alberta Party Caucus is pleased to see Prime Minister Trudeau apologize to LGBTQ people, after years of state-sanctioned discrimination.
This apology is long overdue, and is a logical next step to building stronger relationships with historically disadvantaged groups. The Alberta Party also recognizes that there are still areas of growth required in order to foster full equality for LGBTQ individuals in Canada.
“This is an excellent first step,” said Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson. “I’m looking forward to seeing more action from the federal government.”
McPherson added that the apology comes at a time when LGBTQ people are seeing increasing social acceptance in Canada, but continue to face discrimination in ways that many Canadians may not be aware of.
“LGBTQ people continue to see discrimination in the form of hostility, neglect and shunning from family members, and until the strengthening of Gay-Straight Alliances, in their own schools. To my knowledge, there remain gaps in federal legislation that could be used to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens. While this apology is a win for the LGBTQ community, we should not forget how much farther there is still to go.”
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