Bill C-279 – TRANSGENDER BILL
SECOND READING AND VOTE ON JUNE 6, 2012
Fax, email or phone your MP and Minister of Justice to oppose Bill C-279
with or without amendments
On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, the House of Commons will resume the second reading and vote of the motion that Bill C-279, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression) be referred to a committee.
Bill C-279 proposes to add gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination in both the Human Rights Act and the hate crime provisions in the Criminal Code.
It is a Private Member’s Bill sponsored by NDP MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca) and Liberal MP Hedy Fry (Vancouver East). During second reading on June 1, 2012, in his plea for support to get the bill moving to committee, Mr. Garrison proposed to accept two amendments to the Bill. He stated:
“If we can get support at second reading to get the bill to committee in the vote next Wednesday, we on this side will support amendments to do two things. We will support an amendment to remove the term “gender expression” from the bill, and we will support an amendment to add a definition for “gender identity” to the bill.
From other comments made during the June 1st second reading, it seems that “gender expression” is part of “gender identity” so that this concept will likely still be protected under Bill C -279 even if it is removed. NDP MP Philip Toone (Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine, NDP) stated:
“Gender identity is an individual’s self-conception as male or female, both or neither, as distinguished from one’s birth-assigned sex.”
“Gender expression is how a person’s gender identity is communicated to others through emphasizing, de-emphasizing or changing behaviour, dress, speech and/or mannerisms.”
Please ASAP fax, email or phone your MP to ask that he or she oppose Bill C-279, with or without amendments. The major effect of this bill is that transgendered, transsexual and sexually confused individuals will be given full protection re employment, services, housing, etc in public institutions under federal jurisdiction. These behaviors will be “normalized”, accepted and protected. All Canadians are already equal before and under the law. Bill C-279 is not necessary.
The Hon Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice: Tel 613-995-1547, Fax 613- 992-7910
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