Federal trans rights bill C-279
was adopted unamended at a Senate committee on human rights meeting June 10.
The bill aims to add gender identity to the list of grounds protected from discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights
In November, Watts testified against the bill
at the parliamentary standing committee on justice and human rights, saying that if the bill passed children would be put at risk by pedophiles using the bill to their advantage.
The bill’s originator, NDP MP Randall Garrison
, called Watts’s testimony “offensive.”
The bill will now go to third reading in the Senate. If it passes third reading, it will then require royal assent before becoming law.
C-279’s Senate sponsor, Senator Grant Mitchell, is hopeful the bill will pass third reading. He told Xtra last month that he has confirmation from 16 Conservative senators that they will vote in favour of the bill.
Xtra is following this story.