GARRISON CALLS FOR SAFETY OF LGBT TRAVELLERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 16, 2012

 

GARRISON CALLS FOR SAFETY OF LGBT TRAVELLERS

 

VICTORIA – New Democratic LGBT Critic Randall Garrison asked for action today in the House of Commons for Canada’s LGBT travellers in the wake of St. Petersberg’s adoption of legislation outlawing public discussion of homosexuality.  Garrison asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs if he would issue a travel warning to Canadians planning to travel to St Petersberg, which is Russia's number one travel destination.  

 

“I welcome the quick response from the Minister of Foreign Affairs assuring me that he will issue a travel warning for the town of St. Petersberg” Garrison said.  “Given the calls for tourism boycotts of countries failing to recognize LGBT rights and threats to safety of LGBT travellers, I also pressed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to commit to strengthening the travel advice offered to Canadians on its website by adding specific warnings for countries where it is unsafe for LGBT travellers” Garrison continued.  “I look forward to the action promised by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to protect LGBT travellers” he stated.

 

The St Petersburg City Council has passed legislation that outlaws the promotion of homosexuality in the presence of children by individuals or organizations.  Punishment for this offense is fines upward of $1000 for individuals and $10 000 for organizations. Today’s questions demonstrate yet again that the NDP is standing up for the rights and safety of LGBT people everywhere.