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Bill C-279 vote: Which Conservative MPs stood up for transgender rights

On Wednesday (March 20), legislation that aims to protect transgender people from discrimination took a big step toward becoming law. The House of Commons passed Bill C-279 by a vote of 149-137 at third reading, sending it on to the Senate.

Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP MP Randall Garrison’s private member’s bill would add gender identity and gender expression to the prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act. It would also amend the Criminal Code to outlaw hate speech that advocates genocide against groups distinguished by gender, and to allow evidence that a crime was motivated by hate based on gender to be taken into account during sentencing.

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