Parliament passes Randall Garrison’s Transgender anti-discrimination bill

Good news out of Parliament this evening.

Randall Garrison, MP for the Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca riding in British Columbia, sponsored private member’s bill C-279. The bill amends the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Criminal Code to include ‘gender identity and gender expression’ as part of the long list of illegal discrimination in Canada.

According to the Globe and Mail, the vote passed by quite a narrow margin: 149-137, which included a yes vote from 16 Conservatives. Prime Minister Harper and most of the Tories voted no to the bill, with varying expressions of reservation and objection. One positive of this bill is that it removes the need for Transgendered individuals to fight discrimination on the grounds of sex or disability. Neither of category fits the description for Trans discrimination.

This is fresh news, and I expect to see a lot of debate in the media about the bill. I think it is safe to say that all of us at PTS are very happy the bill passed and look forward to the positive changes that will occur for Trans Rights.

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