Support for Trans Rights Bill C-389 Starts To Come In

Canada’s Trans Rights Bill C-389 is expected to come up for Third Reading in December.  Keep the Quick Facts handy, because Charles McVety is trying to push the bathroom predator scare tactic into the mainstream media.  Fortunately, some papers recognize that this isn’t a whole lot different than the arguments used to justify racial segregation in washrooms in the south decades earlier or the panic raised in the early days of HIV, so it might not be given the same kind of airplay that it gets in the US.

In the meantime, Bill C-389 is receiving more positive support.  The Public Service Alliance of Canada has expressed its support and set up a web form through which people can contact their Member of Parliament if they haven’t already.

“PSAC has negotiated contract language prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression and the Northwest Territories territorial human rights legislation, provides these protections to its residents.

“It’s time for the federal government to do the same. Everyone deserves dignity and respect in the workplace and on the streets.”

Additionally, the Straight reports that Vancouver City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth was to table a motion today to express that city’s support for Bill C-389.  There’s no indication in the media of the result?  I’ll update as soon as I hear anything.

    • TransGriot
    • November 17th, 2010

    Good to hear Mercedes…we’re rooting for you in the States… Looks like thanks to the adverse result in our midterms ENDA’s probably dead for at least two years unless the Dems get some cojones and ram it through during the lame duck session.

    • dentedbluemercedes
    • November 17th, 2010

    A friend (erring on the side of anonymity with regard to names) adds:

    “The Canadian Bar Association has also passed a resolution in support of Bill C-389 and others like it. See 10-01-A Equality for All Regardless of Gender Identity and Gender Expression on the CBA website here:”

    http://www.cba.org/CBA/resolutions/2010res/

    • dentedbluemercedes
    • November 17th, 2010

    The Vancouver resolution passed unanimously, and Ottawa will be voting on a similar resolution soon: http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1312762

    • Harvey
    • November 18th, 2010

    Hope all of you know that you can all be charged with “Hate Crimes” under Canada’s Hate Crime Laws! Watch your mouths!!!

    • TransGriot
    • November 19th, 2010

    Harvey, buy a vowel, get a clue and stop acting like a US Republican party member.

    BTW, Mercedes, any word on how Toby’s Law is progressing in Ontario?

      • dentedbluemercedes
      • November 19th, 2010

      From what I can tell, the AG struck it down yesterday, but I’m awaiting confirmation.

      • No, he simply made dismissive comments about it in question period. He can’t simply eliminate a private member’s bill out of hand.

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