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Canada House Passes Transgender Rights Bill

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

Canada's House of Commons has passed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people.

The bill now goes to the Senate, which is unelected and is expected to approve it.

The bill is one of the first tests of the Conservative caucus' resolve on gay and transgender rights in Canada at a time when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been mounting a strong defense of such rights abroad.

The legislation passed Wednesday by a vote of 149-137, with the crucial support of 16 Conservatives, including four cabinet ministers.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper opposed the bill.

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  • Wayne M., 2013-03-25 20:23:40

    Of course it still has to pass the Senate, which may pass the bill, vote it down or just do nothing. Nothing is assured as the majority of Senators are Conservatives and a large number of those were appointed by Harper. Keep in mind the bill was not a government bill but a private members bill and therefore the Senate has no obligation to consider it.

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