Leader statements on Pride Parade
Ottawa – Leaders issued the following statements on Canadian Multiculturalism Day:
“On Multiculturalism Day, Canadians from all corners of the country come together to celebrate the cultural diversity that has become so deeply characteristic of – and essential to – our national fabric and Canadian identity. Canada has long been a beacon of hope to the rest of the world – a model nation founded on the principles of acceptance, fundamental freedoms, and mutual respect. Together, we have proven that a country can be stronger not in spite of its differences, but precisely because of them. On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our entire Parliamentary Caucus, I would like to extend my very best wishes to all Canadians on Multiculturalism Day.”
“History has shown us that when you take principled positions you can make a difference,” said Mulcair. “New Democrats have always been proud to stand with the LGBT community in the fight for equality rights, but we know there’s much more to do and today we are announcing some of the first steps an NDP government would take.”
A few weeks ago, the unelected Senate shamelessly blocked Bill C-279, a bill from NDP MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) aimed at protecting the rights of transgender people. Unelected Senators did so even though the legislation was legitimately adopted two years ago by elected members of all parties in the House of Commons.
Tom Mulcair pledged the NDP would:
- introduce legislation to guarantee equal rights for transgender and gender variant Canadians;
- reverse service records for those unfairly discharged from the Canadian Forces on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity;
- apologize to military personnel and civil servants fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“As we celebrate today the pride we have living in an inclusive society we must also acknowledge the mistakes of the past and pledge to work together to ensure that in the future, the rights of all Canadians will be protected,” said Mulcair. “We are ready to accomplish real change and build a better, more progressive Canada.”