Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Word on Gay Apology as Top Soldier, Trudeau Walk in Ottawa Pride Parade

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Word on Gay Apology as Top Soldier, Trudeau Walk in Ottawa Pride Parade

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No word on gay apology to former soldiers

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OTTAWA - Canada's top soldier expressed solidarity with the LGBTQ community Sunday by walking in Ottawa's annual Pride parade.

But Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, had no word for those awaiting an apology over being forced from the Canadian military for being gay or lesbian in past decades.

"It's a wider government of Canada decision, not an Armed Forces decision," he said following the parade.

Justin Trudeau's government has signalled its intention to apologize to former military members as part of its efforts to make amends to those who endured federal discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The policies had their roots in government efforts that began as early as the 1940s to delve into the personal lives of employees who were considered security risks. …

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