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B.C. MP’s transgender rights bill passed by House of Commons

B.C. MP Bill Siksay’s bill to protect transgender people from discrimination was passed by the House of Commons  (February 9).

Members of Parliament voted 143 to 135 to pass Bill C-389 through third reading.

Bill C-389 seeks to add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act’s list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.

But the private member’s bill introduced by Siksay, the NDP MP for Burnaby-Douglas, still faces another hurdle as it heads to the Senate.

The majority of NDP, Liberal and Bloc members voted in favour of the bill, while it was opposed by most Conservative MPs. Some cabinet ministers, including James Moore and Lawrence Cannon, voted in favour of the bill.

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