On April 18, 2018, James Lockyer appeared at a public hearing on Bill C-66. The aim of the Bill is to expunge historically unjust convictions relating to consensual sexual activity between same-sex people.
James advocated for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ2 people who were convicted of these unjust crimes. He also called attention to those that are not captured by Bill C-66, those who will continue to suffer and be known as criminals due to the limited scope of the law. These innocent people will need to go through the long and arduous process of filing a s. 696.1 application to the Minister of Justice to finally regain their innocence.
Find James’ speaking notes on his appearance before the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights here.