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.
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.
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.