Message from the Deputy Minister: Government of Canada apologizes to the LGBTQ2 community for past mistreatment

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Article / November 28, 2017

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons and apologized to members of the LGBTQ2 community who were persecuted because of their sexual orientation. On behalf of all Canadians, the government apologized to LGBTQ2 people who were criminally charged or fired or encouraged to quit positions in the public service, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

I encourage all Defence Team members to take the time to read and reflect on the Prime Minister’s apology, the statement to public servants from Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council, and the statement to the Canadian Armed Forces from the Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance.

As your Deputy Minister and as a Canadian, I share the sentiments expressed in these statements, and I reiterate the commitment to create a brighter, more inclusive future for LGBTQ2 Canadians in our public service. Diversity, respect and inclusion are core values of the Defence Team, and are at the forefront of Strong, Secure, Engaged. We are, and will continue to be an inclusive workplace for LGBTQ2 public servants, and are determined to do more to show our support.

We will enhance our services by adding new resources to better identify potential barriers and opportunities to increase the inclusion of LGBTQ2 employees in the workplace. As we put new policies and programs into place, we will work with the LGBTQ2 community to ensure we foster a more welcoming military and civilian environment for everyone.

We all have role to play in ensuring our workplace reflects Canada’s diversity, and in treating all persons with respect. As you read the statements linked above, I invite you to reflect on how you can contribute to making our workplace more welcoming and inclusive for all members of the Defence Team.

Jody Thomas
Deputy Minister of National Defence

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