Speech on Bill C-66

C-66, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts.

I am honoured to rise today on behalf of the NDP to support Bill C-66 and its quick passage into law.

For me as a member of the LGBTQ2 community, the government's apology last week was a long-awaited historic moment that paved the way for a more just and more inclusive Canada for everyone. I feel like I am walking on a path walked by so many brave and tireless activists throughout the last 50 years and I also want to acknowledge the important work of former New Democrat MPs like Svend Robinson, Libby Davies, Bill Siksay, and Craig Scott who paved the way for gay and lesbian Canadians in this House. I would like to pay particular tribute to the work of my colleague, the member for Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke, whose tireless efforts resulted in transgender and gender non-binary Canadians finally receiving the same protections and rights as all other Canadians.