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Manitoba MP questions bill to protect transgender people

Manitoba Conservative MP Ted Falk says the federal government is trying to fix a non-existent problem with legislation that protects gender identity and expression under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

During a justice committee meeting studying Bill C-16 Tuesday, Falk said instead of using studies and research to prove existing laws aren't good enough, the government brought in the law because of "people that have been effective in their advocacy."

"My point is I believe strongly that when we make decisions in government it should be evidence-(based) and fact-based," Falk said in a heated exchange with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. "I see that missing here."

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