Transgender rights legislation coming to Canada ‘very shortly’

Transgender rights legislation coming to Canada ‘very shortly’

The Liberal government is set to announce next week that it will propose legislation that would give legal and human rights protections to transgender people, following through on a pledge made during the federal election campaign.

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In his mandate letter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked [Justice Minister Jody] Wilson-Raybould to make it a priority to introduce legislation “to add gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, and to the list of distinguishing characteristics of ‘identifiable group’ protected by the hate speech provisions of the Criminal Code.”

Similar legislation was proposed and passed in the House of Commons twice before being defeated in the Senate.

NDP MP Randall Garrison reintroduced the legislation as Bill C-204, an act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), last December.

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