House passes bill to expunge records of people convicted for sexuality


John Ibbitson writes at the Globe and Mail:

The House of Commons has passed legislation that will expunge the records of people convicted of criminal offences simply because they were gay, fulfilling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to offer redress to those who were prosecuted by the justice system because of their sexuality.

“Today, Canadians who were unjustly convicted because of who they loved are one step closer to clearing their names and moving on with their lives,” Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault, Mr. Trudeau’s adviser on LGBTQ issues, told the House on Wednesday, shortly before the bill passed third reading with unanimous consent.

Bill C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act, will allow men who were convicted under now-repealed sodomy and gross indecency laws to apply to have their convictions erased.

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