An online campaign is calling on Canadians to reelect MPs who support transgender rights and to vote incumbents opposed to transgender equality out of office.
Introduced by Bill Siksay, the outgoing NDP MP for Burnaby-Douglas, the legislation would have added “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Bill C-389 passed third reading in the Commons by a vote of 143-135, but died in the Senate when the federal election was called.
At third reading, the majority of Bloc Québécois, Liberal, and NDP MPs voted in favour of the bill, while it was opposed by most Conservative members.
Vancouver-area incumbents who voted against Bill C-389 include Conservatives Nina Grewal (Fleetwood-Port Kells), Mark Warawa (Langley), Andrew Saxton (North Vancouver), Randy Kamp (Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission), Alice Wong (Richmond), Russ Hiebert (South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale), and John Weston (West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country).
James Moore, who’s seeking reelection in Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, was one of the few Conservative MPs who supported the bill.
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