Canada's transgender community is up in arms over federal rules that could stop people from boarding airplanes if their appearance is deemed to not match the gender on their identification.
Blogger Christin Scarlett Milloy helped bring the air travel regulations to light on January 30. In her post, Milloy noted that the "obviously discriminatory smear" came into effect shortly after the last federal election, which handed Stephen Harper's Conservatives a majority.
The offending passages in the Identity Screening Regulations, used at airports, state:
5.2 (1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if…
(c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents;
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau is citing the rules as an example of the "neo-con agenda" of the Harper government. "This government keeps pushing its agenda of intolerance and hopes we don't notice. This is just wrong," he tweeted on January 31.
Today (February 1) during question period in Ottawa, the parliamentarian from Papineau took the Conservatives to task for the "direct affront to the transsexual and transgender community".
According to the Toronto Star, Randall Garrison, the NDP MP for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, has also written to Transport Minister Denis Lebel, seeking an explanation.