The public’s view
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.