MY Canada’s National Updates on this Issue:
June 19th, 2017 – Transgender Bill C-16 Passes in the Senate
To mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Justin Trudeau’s government introduced Bill C-16, which would add the terms ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ to the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code and make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of these two categories. The bill passed through the House of Commons in November 2016 and passed the Senate on June 15th, 2017.
Bill C-16 is actually the 5th time a gender identity bill has been introduced in Parliament. The bill is nearly identical to the Private Member’s Bill C-279, introduced in 2012 by homosexual activist and NDP MP Randall Garrison. This Bill passed through the House of Commons but got tied up in the Senate after a number of controversial amendments were proposed. The Bill was then dropped when a new election was called.
The Problems with Bill C-16:
Many are concerned that Bill C-16 will impact the freedoms of Canadians, primarily their freedom of speech. To disagree with the politically correct agenda culminating in Bill C-16 may very well lead to legal consequences if one were to oppose the transgender lifestyle.
There is legitimate concern that bill C-16 would limit free speech by forcing Canadians to use specific made-up pronouns for transgender individuals, such as “ze”, “zhe” and “zir”.
University of Toronto Professor, Dr. Jordan Peterson, has been at the forefront of the debate as he has been outspoken against the bill. Professor Peterson has received much support and also much disdain over his public refusal to use such made-up transgender pronouns and was invited to present before the Senate Committee studying the legislation in mid-May. .
The bill fundamentally grants biological males the legal right to access girls’ washrooms, change rooms and showers simply because they claim to “feel like” or identify as women. It is not assumed or claimed that all individuals using this access would do so with the intention of abusing girls or women; However, this would create a legal loophole to give male sexual predators access to potential female victims in women’s spaces.
There has already been an alarming number of reports of women being assaulted in washrooms and change rooms by men taking advantage of such access laws. Two examples of such instances include that of convicted sexual predator Christopher Hambrook, and incidents at Ontario’s University of Toronto, among others.
Rushed Through the House of Commons
Bill C-16 moved very quickly through the House, seemingly without proper study. On November 1st, MP Ted Falk and vice-chair of the bill’s standing committee expressed shock and disappointment that public consultation would not take place during the committee stage.
In the Senate – Present
In the Upper Chamber, Bill C-16 faced much closer examination than it did in the House of Commons, a result of a handful of Senators who stated they would give the bill the study it is due. Leading the charge was Senator Donald Plett, who gave a number of wonderful speeches on Bill C-16 and political correctness, including this one in November 2016, and this speech on March 2nd, 2017.
Mar. 2nd, 2017 – Senator Betty Unger – Concerns over transgender rights must be addressed and corrected
What You Can Do:
1 – Pray:
Please pray that leaders all across the nation would find a way to offer real help and hope to those struggling with gender confusion without putting other Canadians at risk. Most importantly, please pray that those struggling with confusion and identity would come to an acknowledgement and love for who they were created by God to be.