The pub­lic’s view

Sackville Tribune - - OPINION -

to apol­o­gize and give fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion to those con­victed of com­mit­ting ho­mo­sex­ual acts in the past.

With the an­nounce­ment this fall, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment is fi­nally catch­ing up.

This is good news, par­tic­u­larly when com­bined with the House, leg­is­la­tion pro­tect­ing the rights of trans­gen­der Cana­di­ans, has passed. Stalled for a time in the Se­nate, the bar­ri­ers there are also com­ing down, and the mea­sure should be signed into law shortly.

In a real sense, gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion is catch­ing up to Cana­dian pub­lic opin­ion. The changes have been dra­matic. Ho­mo­pho­bic slurs – once com­mon par­lance at fam­ily meals, sports events, bar room ban­ter, wa­ter cooler con­ver­sa­tions – have bless­edly less­ened, if not ceased en­tirely.

Re­cently, Toronto Blue Jay player, Kevin Pil­lar, though apol­o­giz­ing for a ho­mo­pho­bic slur, was sus­pended for two games.

The prom­ise of a more in­clu­sive Canada is a very de­sir­able re­sult.

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