Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new special adviser on L-G-B-T-Q-2 says he'll explore the possibility of an apology to people in the community whose lives and careers were disrupted by government policies over the decades.

Randy Boissonnault, who is openly gay, says there's also the possibility of formal pardons for those convicted under laws now considered discriminatory.

The Liberal government is moving to repeal section 159 of the Criminal Code, which criminalizes anal intercourse.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says Canadians expect their government and their laws to reflect their values.

She says "Our society has evolved over the past few decades and our criminal justice system needs to evolve as well."

The law currently bans the sexual act, but there is an exception for heterosexual married couples and consenting adults of either sex over age 18, as long as it does not involve more than two people and is done without anyone watching. …

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