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Liberals show 'lack of respect' with invites to LGBTQ2 apology event, say NDP

Liberals show 'lack of respect' with invites to LGBTQ2 apology event, say NDP
From CBC - November 24, 2017

Justin Trudeau's government is showing a lack of respect to the very community it is trying to apologize to, said NDPMP Randall Garrison.

Garrison said that while the federal government is poised to make an historic apology to members of the LGBTQ2community on Tuesday, the Liberals are treating some members of that community as an afterthought by making it difficult for MPs to invite victims to related events in Ottawa.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to offer an apology for government policies and programs that discriminated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spiritedCanadians.

For decades, members of the military and civil service were forced from their jobs. Some have described being interrogated and followed. Other Canadians were arrested for their sexual activities.

Opposition MPsreceived an email Friday morning at 11:16 telling them they could bring two or three guests "people from your riding who would appreciate an invitation for this historic occasion" to attend a viewing event near Parliament Hill.

"As time is of the essence, we would have your list of names by end of day today to send out the invitation as soon as possible," the email continued. It notes guests will be responsible for their own expenses and travel.

The message also said space in the House of Commons had been prioritized for victims, their guests and officials.

All victims certainly have not been invited though, noted Garrison, since thousands of Canadians have been persecuted for their sexuality.

Victims invited to the House

The government says it has tried to make the entire process as inclusive as possible.

The Prime Minister's Office noted that the date for the apology was first made public nearly a week ago, on Sunday, in a tweet by the prime minister.

On November 28, the Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House - for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & inclusion.

@JustinTrudeau

The PMO said it has worked with members of all parties to identify victims across the country, pointing to an Oct. 20 email that was sent to all members of Parliament

"Last Friday, invitations were issued to victims who came forward in the past months and shared their stories with us, and we look forward to welcoming them to Ottawa for this important moment next week,"said PMO spokesperson Cameron Ahmad.

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