Liberal MP Hedy Fry resurrects transgender rights bill championed by NDP’s Bill Siksay

Hedy Fry is carrying on retired NDP MP Bill Siksay’s fight for transgender rights in Canada.

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On Monday (September 19), Fry, the Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre, introduced Bill C-276 in the House of Commons.

Titled “An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression)”, the legislation is an “exact redraft” of Siksay’s Bill C-389, according to a news release from Fry’s office.

Fry says she made a promise to Siksay, who represented Burnaby-Douglas, that she’d bring back the bill if she won reelection earlier this year.

In February, Bill C-389 passed third reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 143-135. But it died in the Senate when the federal election was called.

Like Siksay’s legislation, Bill C-276 would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination.

It would also amend the Criminal Code to outlaw hate speech that advocates genocide against groups distinguished by gender, and to allow evidence that a crime was motivated by hate based on gender to be taken into account during sentencing.

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bertsi
Does the Human Rights Code include "sex" as prohibited grounds against discrimination? And does calling women b*tch and c*nt and the like constitute hate speech?
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Dianne
THANK YOU Bill Siksay for all that you have done as an MP.

I hope that Hedy Fry and her Liberal colleagues will work closely with NDP MP's to move this Bill C-276 forward. And in a moment of brightness, I will even hope that some Conservative MP's will see the light, have a breakthrough moment and do what is RIGHT and support this human rights bill. One can never give up hope that fairness will win!

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James G
A worthy project and in the right hands. Of all the 34 remaining federal Liberal Members of Parliament, there might be as many as a half dozen who might be considered somewhat progressive but only one whose credentials stand on her own and that is Hedy Fry. I doubt there would be any objections from any quarter within the existing NDP if she were to cross the floor and be again in the Official Opposition.
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tim.
of all the years she was in government and parliament, she didn't care about rights of transgender people. she had the opportunity to do this long time ago. it was the ndp who took the principled stance and now she's trying to steal it. typical liberal.
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Julia M
To answer the first question, no, currently the criminal code does not currently protect someone on the grounds of sex.
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Matt T
James G wrote
"I doubt there would be any objections from any quarter within the existing NDP if she were to cross the floor and be again in the Official Opposition"

One vote against right here.
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Lee M
The Criminal Code might not protect based on 'sex', but the Charter sure as Hell does!
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unknown sample
token gesture from old politician, soon to retire from devastated, discredited party soon to retire taking up fringe cause 99% don't care about.

yawn.
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Lawson1945
You will know where the Conservatives will put that, right into the garbage can, she is just covering her ass that is all this is about!
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greggron
What a clown. Record poverty in her riding, but this is the nonsense she is most concerned with. Why do people keep voting for her?
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James G
@ Matt T

Point taken. When I lived in Vancouver Centre, I always wondered why she got re-elected. There is a pretty good record on support for HIV issues and that is what I based my comment on. Nonetheless, I should know better than to presume to speak for all, many, or even sometimes more than just myself.
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Matt T
@ James G

I will give Fry credit for her work around AIDS/LGBT rights advocacy.

That is about all.

The rest of her record is that of a loyal Liberal footsoldier (and some bizarre personal grandstanding), and I am from that part of the self indentified progressive population that looks at the federal Liberals from 1983-now as a huge part of the problem.
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Foxxe
Although I heartily agree with Hedy Fry's aim here, I feel that, due the overly successful MURDER of the Liberal Party of BC's reputation by the previous Premier of BC, (Gord Campbell), her choice of party affiliation may well prove to be her undoing.

I was a card carrying member of the BC Liberal Party until the DAY that they voted Campbell in as leader back in the mid nineties. I have since cut off any support of the party due to that major blunder. After the BS he pulled, I don't feel there is much hope for the Liberals in BC but I will pray for such people as Hedy Fry. May your god(s) walk with you.
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Foxxe
In response to: bertsi

'Sex' is not the issue there. Sex is not something you are, it is something you DO. The issue at stake is Gender.
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