Canada’s opposition party to re-introduce controversial ‘transgender’ bill
BY PATRICK B. CRAINE
Mon Aug 15, 2011 13:01 ESTComments (0)Tags: Ndp, Transgender
OTTAWA, Ontario, August 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canada’s opposition New Democrat Party is planning to resurrect a controversial transgender bill that had made it to the Senate earlier this year before getting killed by the May federal election.
Bill C-389, which sought to add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canada Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code’s hate crimes section, had passed the House of Commons in February in a narrow vote of 143-135. The new bill will be sponsored by the NDP’s new “LGBTT” critic Randall Garrison, reports the Toronto Sun.
The February vote was largely along party lines, with the Conservatives opposing and the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc supporting. Six Conservatives voted in favor, including Ministers John Baird and James Moore.
The bill was opposed by numerous religious and pro-family organizations,including the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, Campaign Life Coalition, REAL Women of Canada, and the Canada Family Action Coalition.
Pro-family groups had warned that the bill promotes the notion that gender is fluid and a question of social construct, and pointed out that organizations like the American College of Pediatricians treat gender confusion as a mental illness.