Legal and Constitutional Affairs – May 4, 2017

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – May 4, 2017

The committee begins its study of Bill C-16 with testimony from justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. The government’s legislation would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.

It would also amend the Criminal Code to require judges to consider motivation by bias, prejudice or hate based on gender identity and expression as aggravating factors at sentencing hearings.

Senators also hear from Kimberley Manning and Melissa Potvin (Schaettgen), two mothers of transgendered children, and from Brenda Cossman, a law professor who discusses the constitutionality of the bill. (May 4, 2017)

UPDATE: Bill C-16 received royal assent on June 19.