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Please Vote Against C-279, Duty to Consult Must Apply
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Dear Members of the Justice Committee, Minister Nicholson, Prime Minister and A Select Few,
Thank you for your service to Canada. I appreciate the time and effort you have invested in our nation.
I am writing to ask you to vote against C-279 which would add "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the the Canadian Human Rights Act.
I am concerned about this legislations for 3 primary reasons.
Firstly, as was pointed out at the committee hearings last week the "duty to consult" has not yet been applied to the First Nations Peoples. Canada has worked hard to build unity with the First Peoples over the past years and I feel not consulting them on an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) would dishonouring to them and likely destructive to the reconciliation & healing process. Their voice should be respected in any amendment to the CHRA. I strongly agree that the "duty to consult" must be honoured in this case as it is in others.
Secondly, it is clear that the legislation is redundant as the Canadian Human Rights Act already protects people on the basis of sexual orientation. I feel this bill and is a waste of tax payer money and the Justice committee's time which should be directed to more urgent matters where protections are not in place such as cyber bulling and the like.
Thirdly, and perhaps most urgently, I am very concerned about the loophole that this legislation would give to sexual predators to access bathrooms and change rooms of their non-biological sex. I am NOT of the mindset that transgendered people are sexual predators. What I am deeply concerned about is that sexual predators could take advantage of this legislation.
We need to be making laws in Canada that protect children, not create loopholes for sexual predators.
It was mentioned at the committee by Mr. Garrison that in US states where similar legislation has been passed there has never been an "issue" created by it. That is simply not true. I feel that Mr. Garrison is not accurately representing the effects of similar legislation.
I invite you to read this article regarding an incident at Evergreen State College in Washington State that does indeed chronicle an instance where young people were deeply disturbed in a situation created by similar legislation. Read the article here: http://ow.ly/fMDTi
For the sake of respecting the First Peoples of Canada, being good stewards of tax payer's dollars and for the sake of the protection of our children and youth I am adamantly appealing to you to vote against C - 279.
Thank you for your time and kind consideration.
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