Transgender bill sails through Canadian Human Rights Senate Committee unamended
by Peter Baklinski
Wed Jun 12, 2013 16:26 EST
OTTAWA, Ontario, June 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews. com) – Bill C-279, the
Canadian transgender bill, sailed through the Senate Committee on
Human Rights on Monday, despite testimony
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during the meeting from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that
transgendered people are already protected on the grounds of “sex and
Joanne Brownrigg, a lobbyist for Campaign Life Coalition who attended
the meeting, told LifeSiteNews. com that in the committee’s “unbridled
enthusiasm to pass the bill and appear like heroes they were required
to suspend all reason and rationality.”
“So little of what was said rested on legal arguments and the actual
good that this law would do,” she said.
A number of groups supporting the bill, including the Canadian Bar
Association (CBA), argued to the committee that the bill would “make a
very clear statement about the invisibility of transgender people”.
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties
Association, speaking on the topic of the bill making trans people
more “visible,” said that it would “provide a mandate for proactive,
educational and anti-discrimination initiatives with respect to trans
The CBA said that the bill “represents the democratic will of the people.”
“The fact that the Commons has passed this legislation says to the CBA
that the majority of Canadians believe this bill ought to be adopted,”
said the legal organization.
But numerous family organizations have opposed the bill, saying that
it would open a Pandora’s box of sexual anarchy, including giving
biological men a legal alibi
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to use women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms. They also
charge that it would put in place the legal framework for normalizing
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as the next “sexual orientation,” and abolishing
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society’ s understanding of male and female.
The bill, put forward by NDP LGBTT Critic Randall Garrison
(Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC), defines “gender identity” as an
“individual’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of
gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex that the
individual was assigned at birth.”
Diane Watts of REAL Women of Canada told the Senate Committee during
the meeting that the bill would cause harm to people who are confused
by their sex. “Persons with gender identity disorder should receive
compassionate counselling rather than be encouraged in their
dissatisfaction with the gender engrained in their DNA,” she said.
Brownrigg told LifeSiteNews. com that she has lost faith in the Senate
committee since the meeting demonstrated that it is “dominated by
social liberals” who seek to “advance their own agenda.”
Out of the nine senate members who voted on the bill, only one, Thanh
Hai Ngo, gave a dissenting vote.
At the end of the meeting Senator Grant Mitchell encouraged Senate
committee members to “fast-forward [the bill], do it now, push it
through to third reading and get a vote”. In this way, he said, the
Senate would have “accomplished something truly important, truly
great, to make a difference in Canadians’ lives.”
A final vote on the bill is expected by the end of this month.
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