15 federal Conservatives who helped Canadian ‘transsexual’ bill pass 2nd reading

BY PETER BAKLINSKI    Jun 14, 2012

OTTAWA, Ontario, June 14, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A small number of Conservatives were responsible last week for a swing in the vote that helped a private member’s bill pass its second reading that aims at giving what its sponsor calls “specific protections” to “transsexual and transgendered Canadians”.

Once considered social conservative Jim Flaherty voted for the bill.

Bill C-279, an Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression) passed June 6 by a vote of 150 to 132. The bill would not have passed had the Conservatives voted the other way.

The Conservative MPs who supported the bill are the following:

Mr. Chris Alexander (Ajax-Pickering)
Mr. Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills)
Mr. John Duncan (Vancouver Island North)
Ms. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay (Delta-Richmond East)
Mr. Jim Flaherty (Whitby-Oshawa)
Mrs. Shelly Glover (Saint Boniface)
Mr. Laurie Hawn (Edmonton Centre)
Mr. Gerald Keddy (South Shore-St. Margaret’s)
Mrs. Cathy McLeod (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo)
Ms. Lisa Raitt (Halton)
Ms. Michelle Rempel (Calgary Centre-North)
Mr. Bruce Stanton (Simcoe North)
Mr. Bernard Trottier (Etobicoke-Lakeshore)
Mr. Bernard Valcourt (Madawaska-Restigouche)
Mr. David Wilks (Kootenay-Columbia)

Numerous religious and pro-family organizations have opposed bill C-279, including the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, Campaign Life Coalition, REAL Women of Canada, and the Canada Family Action Coalition.

Critics warn that the bill furthers the sexual revolution’s ideology that gender is a purely fluid social construct that can be completely separated from one’s biological birth sex.

The bill’s sponsor Randall Garrison (NDP MP, Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, BC) said during debate of the bill on April 5 that the bill would “help complete what we might call Canada’s human rights project”.

The bill has now been referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights before returning to the house for a third vote, which if successful, would land the bill in the Senate.

See contact info for above MPs here.

3 thoughts on “15 federal Conservatives who helped Canadian ‘transsexual’ bill pass 2nd reading

  1. I am constantly astounded at the people who would willingly trample my rights for a fair life. This includes the rights to have housing, a job, even the right to use the washroom without fear of self, including losing my life just for living. This bill will allow me to apply for housing without discrimination, it will allow me to obtain a job without the fear of being fired on the spot for simply being trans. I for one, applaud the conservatives who stood up to say yes on this bill. It actually gives me hope for the future that I don’t have to fear for my life every time I walk out the door.

    Canada is known for being a socialist democratic society. The socialist part means essentially, rights for all.

    Thank you

    Mr. Chris Alexander (Ajax-Pickering)
    Mr. Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills)
    Mr. John Duncan (Vancouver Island North)
    Ms. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay (Delta-Richmond East)
    Mr. Jim Flaherty (Whitby-Oshawa)
    Mrs. Shelly Glover (Saint Boniface)
    Mr. Laurie Hawn (Edmonton Centre)
    Mr. Gerald Keddy (South Shore-St. Margaret’s)
    Mrs. Cathy McLeod (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo)
    Ms. Lisa Raitt (Halton)
    Ms. Michelle Rempel (Calgary Centre-North)
    Mr. Bruce Stanton (Simcoe North)
    Mr. Bernard Trottier (Etobicoke-Lakeshore)
    Mr. Bernard Valcourt (Madawaska-Restigouche)
    Mr. David Wilks (Kootenay-Columbia)

    for your vote of faith in my HUMAN rights.

  2. I did not expect these Conservatives to side with The Liberals and N.D.P. policies.
    This Bill will add Gender Expression and Gender Identity to The Canadian Human Rights Act. This would allow men to gain legal access by human right and social justice to use women’s bathrooms and dressing rooms, thereby providing the legitimized access sexual predators desire. This puts Canadian women and children at great risk. We politically organized Canadian Citizens across Canada to humiliate Parliament to Pass a Bill into Canadian Law in 2008, Thus ending the rotten Parliamentary Legislation and Supreme Court of Canada Law of 2005, which allowed consenting Canadian children to be legally sexually trafficked and sexually exploited by pedophiles and every kind of sexual predator as a human right and social justice. When will Canadian Ministers lean to protect Canadian citizens instead putting them in harms way? Be careful what you allow your elected officials to legalize, because it will become a human right and social justice normalized to Canadian Children from Kindergarten.

  3. I contacted my MP, John Duncan, regarding his vote. This was his response:

    Thank you for your correspondence regarding Bill C-279.

    The law should protect all Canadians equally. However, the reality of our history is that some Canadians faced threats and discrimination. That is why Canadian Parliamentarians passed laws protecting Canadians from discriminatory practices based on their race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability or conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted.

    The law should protect all Canadians equally, which is why our predecessors passed this law.

    Today, some Canadians continue to face threats and discrimination. Bill C-279 will grant transgendered Canadians the same legal protection that existing laws grant other Canadians.

    This legislation will make it illegal to discriminate against a transgendered Canadian. It will also protect transgendered Canadians from hate crimes in the same way that the law protects Canadians based on their race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor.

    There have been concerns expressed regarding the lack of definitions. The existing law does not define other terms: colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation. However, this is a matter that committee can address and amend. I will support amendments to do two things. I will support an amendment to remove the term “gender expression” from the bill, and I will support an amendment to add a definition for “gender identity” to the bill.” This will improve the bill and the sponsor seems to be moving in this direction.

    Hon. John Duncan, P.C., MP
    Vancouver Island North
    Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

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