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Transgender rights bill appoved by Canadian Senate committee

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada — A bill that would add gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act cleared a Senate committee on Monday.

The measure will now head to the Senate for a third reading, and the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Grant Mitchell, is hopeful the bill will pass.

Mitchell said last month that he had confirmation from 16 Conservative senators that they will vote in favor of the bill.

“But you don’t know until you actually get there. If all 16 voted with us, then it would pass. It would be a little bit close, but it would pass,” Mitchell said.

The bill was approved in the House of Commons on March 20 by a vote of 149 to 137, and was opposed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

A final vote on the bill is expected by the end of this month. If passed, it will require royal assent before becoming law.

The granting of royal assent is the method by which Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, formally approves an act of Canada’s Parliament. This is granted less ceremonially by a letter of patent to the Governor-General who merely signs the bill.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. now my friend Brandon Bluevile Jeeha can live in peace

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:16pm
  2. canada is smarter than usa

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:16pm
  3. Canada does the important things correctly…..there are other countries, which I won’t mention, can’t get their head out of their butts to do the right thing.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:18pm
  4. Any person who pays attention knows that.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:19pm
  5. Of course they are smarter than us…they tend to their own business, right or wrong, and stay out of the business of other countries. We might make better decisions on important things inside our own country if we’d stay out of every one else’s business too.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:24pm
  6. except stop tar sands oil mining and associated pipelines.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:25pm
  7. It’s crazy to think about humans being discriminated in 2013 when they are law abiding citizens.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:30pm
  8. haha, oil mining and pipelines are certainly not done correctly, that’s for sure……I guess I was referring to human rights issues…….capitalistic issues like mining isn’t a human right.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:54pm
  9. @Andi: They’re not smarter, they’re just less crazy. -_-

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:30pm
  10. The Beauty of Canada the Truly Progressive Country On July 20, 2005 became the fourth country in the world to approve Same-sex marriage! Way to Go Canada Leading the way to True Citizen Equality! ;o) X

    Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 1:53am
  11. Best nation ever…

    Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 6:00am