Canadian transgender rights bill suffers legislative setback

by Craig Takeuchi on Jul 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

An eight-year journey to have transgender rights included in Canadian anti-discrimination and hate laws just got longer.

Bill C-279 would include transgender and gender variant Canadians in the Canadian Human Rights Act and protect them against discrimination. The proposed bill would also prohibit hate speech or the incitement of genocide on the basis of gender identity in the Criminal Code.

However, the private member’s bill, introduced by Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP MP Randall Garrison, failed to make it to a final vote before the summer recess began last week.

The House of Commons passed the bill on March 20, whereupon it went on to the Canadian Senate.

Critics such as Calgary MP Rob Anders have dubbed it the “Bathroom Bill”. Anders argued that the bill’s aim is to allow transgender men access to women’s washrooms.

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