[personal profile] tyresias
 Egale Canada calls on the federal government to apologize, polish service records and restore veterans' benefits to those who were dishonourably discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation.

In Canada's extensive military history it was regularly the case that people discharged in this manner not only suffered the loss of their pensions and benefits, they often had their civilian lives destroyed by tainted records and rumours. These effects echo onward, despite the landmark policy change in 1992, when the Federal Court of Canada declared that policies restricting the service of homosexuals were contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Contact Peter MacKay, Minister of Defence, and tell him to restore the dignity, morale and benefits of veterans who honourably served their country. Tell the Minister to take action immediately to restore benefits and apologize to those who faced unjust investigation into their private lives, and a general climate of homophobia and transphobia in the military service.

Peter Mackay contact info:
email: mackay.p@parl.gc.ca
Tel: 613-992-6022

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