Pro-family groups urges Canadian parliament to vote against a transgendered bill that would increase sexual assault crimes and bring confusion to children.
The Gender/Bathroom Bill C-279 will have its Third reading on February 27, 2013, meaning a final vote could occur quickly or within a few weeks.
The bill, sponsored by MP Randall Garrison, the NDP's LGBT critic, would add "gender identity" and "gender expression" in the hate crimes sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, aiming to make it illegal to discriminate against transgendered Canadians and to disseminate hate on the basis of someone's gender identity or expression
Last month, Ian Fine, acting general secretary of Canadian Human Rights Commission, told the Canadian Justice Committee that the bill that would afford special federal protection to so-called ‘transgender’ men and women “strictly speaking…isn’t necessary”.
Susheel Gupta, acting chairperson and chief executive officer of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal confirmed his colleague’s statement during the same meeting that people who say they are transgender are already protected under Canada’s Human Rights Act.
The Human Rights Tribunal has been presented with a total of four cases that dealt with “gender identity or gender expression” where it had to adjudicated.
“In all of them, the tribunal found that discrimination on these grounds fell within the prohibited grounds protected by the CHRA,” he said.
Yet, the HRC would nevertheless like to see gender identity and gender expression added to the CHRA and Criminal Code.
Fine said that adding special federal protection to trans-groups “would be a recognition of the discrimination that this group faces”.
Numerous pro-family organizations strongly 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 and bring confusion to the children.
According to Life Site News, last month a college in Washington state decided it would not prevent a 45-year-old man who presents himself as a transgender “female” from lounging naked in a women’s locker room, in an area frequented by girls as young as six. Teenage girls on a high school swim team were using the facilities in September when they saw ‘Colleen’ Francis exposing male genitalia through the glass window in a sauna.
The Campaign Life Coalition stated, "If C-279 becomes law, it will become impossible to prevent the theory of 'gender fluidity' from being introduced in school curriculum, even as early as Kindergarten. C-279 will enshrine in law the idea that there is more than one gender (i.e. male or female), and that gender can change back and forth, or be somewhere in between, depending on how a person "feels" at any given time. The government will in essence, have placed its seal of approval on this idea. Having acquired legal and moral legitimacy this bizarre philosophy will then creep into school curriculum and elementary school textbooks."
Canada Family Action has launched a billboard campaign, targeting Conservative Members of Parliament who voted for Bill C-279. These strategically placed billboards are moving constituents to contact their MP to urge them to vote against Bill C-279 when it next comes to a vote.
Over the past several years in both Canada and the United States, there has been a concerted effort by gay activists to create a spurious, new right to "gender identity" and "gender expression".
In 2011, private member's Bill C-389 died in the Senate when the Canadian federal election was called. Despite a Conservative majority, its successor in the next parliament, Bill C-279, shockingly passed second reading on June 6th 2012 by a vote of 150 to 132.