UPDATE: After a second hour of debate, MPs voted to proceed with Bill Siksay’s trans rights bill. It now moves to committee for further study.
Xtra’s federal politics reporter Dale Smith was there:
"Once again, most of the speeches were in support of the bill, with the exception of the Conservatives, who put up the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Justice, Daniel Petit, to claim that the bill was unnecessary. He said trans people are already protected from gender-based discrimination.” NDP, Liberal and Bloc MPs spoke in favour of the bill.
Siksay’s C-389 would add gender identity and gender expression as
prohibited grounds of discrimination to the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The private member’s bill would also amend the hate crime and
sentencing provisions of the Criminal Code.
NDP MP Libby Davies speaks in favour of the trans rights bill
Xtra covered the first hour of debate on the bill in early May. Opposition MPs spoke in support of the bill, but two Conservative MPs raised concerns.
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