John Ibbitson writes at the Globe and Mail:
In a House of Commons that witnessed tears and, sometimes cheers, Justin Trudeau apologized on Tuesday on behalf of all Canadians for decades of organized persecution of sexual minorities by their own government.
At times wiping tears from his eyes, the Prime Minister told a sombre House of Commons: “Over our history, laws and policies enacted by the government led to the legitimization of much more than inequality – they legitimized hatred and violence, and brought shame to those targeted. … It is with shame and sorrow and deep regret for the things we have done that I stand here today and say: We were wrong. We apologize. I am sorry. We are sorry.”
As he spoke those words, victims of a decades-long purge of gays and lesbians from the broader public service watched from the gallery and rose in applause, joined by MPs of all parties in a sustained and highly emotional ovation.