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Premier McLeod issues statement following Government’s apology to LGBTQ+ Canadians

Following the Federal Government’s issued apology to LGBTQ+ Canadians, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod has issued the following statement:

Today marks an important day for LGBTQ+ communities across our nation as the Prime Minister of Canada issues a formal apology to the LGBTQ+ Canadians for the discrimination and injustices they and their families have suffered. This day marks a step forward in a journey towards healing and a more equitable nation for all residents of this country.

As Premier of the Northwest Territories I am pleased to see Canada making this apology. Our government believes that Northerners and all Canadians alike should be able to live their lives free of discrimination and persecution. As the first jurisdiction in Canada to offer a third gender identity without the need for reassignment surgery, we remain committed to ensuring individuals across the north are empowered and feel safe in the communities they call home.

I commend the Prime Minister of Canada for issuing this apology and putting Canada at the forefront of this issue. The Northwest Territories stands strong with Canada and this message.

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Justin Trudeau apologized to federally-paid employees for what they had to suffer during the so-called ‘gay purge era’.

Many people either had careers sidelined or end because of anti-LGBTQ+ policies.

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