Gay rights to be included in the next 'Discover Canada' citizenship guide

Conservatives drop their opposition to the subject's inclusion

The next printing of a guidebook aimed at immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship will contain references to gay rights, including mentions of the legality of gay marriage and prohibitions against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney had vetoed the inclusion of such information in the current version. But Conservative MP Rick Dykstra said it’s time for a change. “As with everything else, the potential for evolution and improvement is there,” he said. Gay rights were already a part of the “Welcome to Canada” guide for newcomers published this summer, paving the way for the Harper government to take a “very, very good step forward” with the next printing of the “Discover Canada” citizenship guide.

Ottawa Citizen

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