The NDP unveiled their platform today. On page 18 (or 20, if you’re looking at the PDF), they vowed to reintroduce a trans rights bill:
5.13 Promoting Equality Rights in Canada
• We will ensure that gender identity and gender expression
are included as prohibited grounds of discrimination in the
Canadian Human Rights Act, amend the hate crimes and
sentencing provisions of the Criminal Code to ensure we are
providing explicit protection for transgender and transsexual
Canadians from discrimination in all areas of
• We will support gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gender and
transsexual equality internationally, as per the Montreal and
Jakarta Declaration on Human Rights;
The Liberal Party platform, which we watched leader Michael Ignatieff unveil a week ago, does not. The Green Party platform also does not explicitly include a pledge to support trans rights. Both leaders have supported trans rights in the past, and many of their candidates do as well. Both party leaders could stand to clarify their positions.
In the meantime, my Canadian readers who are concerned about human rights for transsexual and transgender people have at least one choice to vote for on Monday, May 2, 2011. Readers are encouraged to ask candidates in their riding to also pledge their individual support.