Legal and Constitutional Affairs – October 9, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – October 9, 2014

Senators hear from three panels as they continue their review of a private members’ bill (C-279) aimed at protecting transgender Canadians from discrimination. NDP MP Randall Garrison’s bill would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity as prohibited grounds for discrimination. It would also amend the hate crimes section of the Criminal Code.
The committee first hears the perspectives of Ryan Dyck from EGALE Canada and Jesse Thompson. The latter is an Ontario teenager who is an avid hockey player and identifies as male. He filed a human rights complaint against Hockey Canada in 2013 to protect transgendered minor players from discrimination and harassment. The complaint was settled in September of this year.
Diane Watts from REAL Women of Canada outlines her group’s concerns with the bill, while lawyer Michael Crystal, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Ottawa Police Service Superintendant Don Sweet urge senators to pass the legislation. (October 9, 2014)