RANDALL GARRISON QUESTION ON HATRED AND VIOLENCE AGAINST LGBTQ2+ PERSONS IN INDONESIA

Question Period


Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke): Mr. Speaker, I do not know how someone could be ardent and silent at the same time.

When my partner and I lived in Indonesia, it was a nation that prided itself on secularism, pluralism, and tolerance. A year ago, my partner and I wrote a personal letter to the president of Indonesia, expressing concern about the emerging campaigns of hatred and violence directed at the LGBTQ community.

This week Indonesia is debating a law that would criminalize our community. This will place our family, friends, and more than 20 million Indonesians at risk of discrimination and violence.

Will the Prime Minister join me in expressing concern directly to Indonesia's president about this attack on LGBTQ rights and safety?