The Canadian Prime Minister promises to protect the rights of transgender citizens in his country
“I am proud to announce that tomorrow, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we will be tabling a bill in the House of Commons to ensure the full protection of transgender people,” the Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau declared yesterday, after proposals on the inclusion of gender identity in the Canadian Human Rights Act have been waiting for the last 12 years.
“Because we must continue to demand true equality. We must carry on the legacy of those who fought for justice by being bold and ambitious in our actions. And we must work diligently to close the gap between our principles and our reality,” he added.
Moreover, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has been asked “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.”
The minds of some of important Conservative opponents also changed when compared to the last times the bill addressed their votes on the transgender rights.
“I voted against it last time, but I’ve changed my mind. I’m going to vote for it. It’s obviously an issue that takes awhile for some of us to get used to. So these people have rights and we should give them to them,” Conservative MP David Tilson stated for the CBC.
An announcement and further comments on the matter are expected later today.