Henrymakow.com – March 20, 2013
The Opposition private member’s legislation passed by a vote of 149-137, with the crucial support of 16 Conservatives, including four cabinet ministers.
It was one of the first tests of the Conservative caucus’ resolve on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Canada at a time when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been mounting a strong defence of such rights abroad.
Mr. Baird, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt and Heritage Minister James Moore were among the Conservatives who supported the bill. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, most of his front bench and the vast majority of his backbenchers opposed it.
OTTAWA, Ontario, March 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A controversial bill that would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to Canada’s Human Rights Act and Criminal Code will face the vote in the House of Commons today Wednesday.
Critics say that if passed, Bill C-279 will effectively abolish society’s understanding of male and female.
The preamble to the bill states: “Gender Identity means, in respect of an individual, the individual’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex that the individual was assigned at birth.”
Campaign Life Coalition has slammed the bill’s definition of gender as purely subjective.
“It is an ideological, and non-scientific definition that would abolish society’s understanding of male and female, transforming it from an objective, physical reality, to a creation of our minds that can change from one day to the next,” the group stated.
Numerous pro-family organizations oppose the controversial bill, dubbing it the “bathroom bill” since it could give biological men a legal alibi to use women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms. They worry that such a bill will lead to an increase in sexual assaults. Their worry is not unfounded.