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Trans Rights Bill in Canada

in CANADA, 04/11/2010

Canada's House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice passed the Trans Rights Bill C389. On a vote of nine in favour (one NDP, two Bloc, three Liberals, and three Conservatives) to two opposed (two Conservatives), the Bill now goes back to the House for report stage and third reading.

OTTAWA- New Democrat LGBTT Critic Bill Siksay’s historic Private Member’s Bill is one step closer to becoming law after it passed
without amendments last night at the Justice and Human Rights Committee. The bill passed with 9 MPs supporting and two voting
against.

Siksay’s bill, C-389, adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and amends the hate crimes and sentencing provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.

“This is great news,” said Siksay. “This positive step in the legislative process comes after consultations with members of the
transsexual and transgender community across Canada, after several versions of the bill, and after a lot of work by trans activists and allies. We are on track toward ensuring the full protection of transgender and transsexual Canadians under the law.”

The bill now goes back to the House of Commons for debate and a vote at report stage and third reading. Depending on the House calendar this next step could come in December.

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