Trudeau apologized on behalf of Canada for its persecution of LGBT people during the Cold War.
“The number one job of any government is to keep its citizens safe, and on this, we have failed LGBTQ2 communities and individuals time and time again,” declared Trudeau during the formal apology. “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.”
“For the oppression of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit communities, we apologize,” he continued, wiping tears away from his eyes with a handkerchief. “On behalf of the government, parliament, and the people of Canada, we were wrong, we are sorry, we will never let this happen again.”
Trudeau has previously cried during public appearances on numerous occasions, including last week, during an apology “for abuses and cultural losses to indigenous children at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Last year, Trudeau cried after being reunited with a Syrian refugee, while in October he cried on camera over the death of Gord Downie, the frontman of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip.
In February, Trudeau also cried during the funerals for victims of the Quebec mosque attack, and in 2013, the prime minister cried after being given a photograph of his father.
Following the announcement of Trudeau’s formal apology to “LGBTQ2” people earlier this month, the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) allowed Canadian citizens to apply for “travel subsidies” to attend.
Despite his apology, Trudeau has previously praised Communist dictator Fidel Castro, whose regime rounded up, persecuted, and even murdered gay people, while in June, he wore a pair of Islam-themed Ramadan socks to a Toronto LGBT Pride parade.
Being gay or bisexual is punishable by death in thirteen countries, all of which are majority-Muslim nations.