The Canadian Senate passed controversial “gender identity” legislation Thursday night.
Dubbed the “bathroom bill” by its many critics who say it provides legal protection to an undefined group, Bill C-16 provides sweeping “protection” for transgender Canadians from both discrimation and “hate crimes.”
As the definition of transgender is open to interpretation, the bill will allow men who choose to define their gender as female to use women’s changing rooms, which critics say could embolden sexual predators.
Conservative Senator Don Plett was an vigorous opponent of the bill on the basis that “gender expression” does not qualify as an identifiable group.
The bill was championed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who openly courts the support of the LGBTQ activists. Liberal Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould was exultant over the legislation’s passing, which will now be signed into law by the Governor General of Canada.
“In Canada we celebrate inclusion and diversity, and all Canadians should feel safe to be themselves,” she said. “Trans and gender diverse persons must be granted equal status in Canadian society, and this bill makes that status explicit in Canadian law. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that everyone can live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose. It will protect people from discrimination, hate propaganda and hate crimes.”
Trudeau has already appointed a “special advisor” on LGBTQ issues and is an avid participant in gay pride parades across that occur in all of Canada’s major cities. Not content with changing legislation in the present, Trudeau also wants to amend the laws of yesterday. This week he promised to introduce legislation that would retroactively expunge the criminal records of anyone — living or dead — who was convicted of homosexual activity when it was against the law in Canada.
It was Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, who legalized homosexual activity 50 years ago as a GAO when he was appointed attorney general in 1967.