Bill C279: An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), was brought before Parliament by NDP MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca).
The Gender/Bathroom Bill needs just one more vote in the House of Commons to advance to the Senate, where it will no doubt become law.
As you can see by reading the Bill here, Bill C279 would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.
Proponents of this Gender Bill say that Bill C279 will simply protect transgendered individuals from discrimination. Supporters say that people who disagree with this bill are “alarmists” who are “opposed to minority rights.” (Source)
However, this Bill is much more dangerous than it appears.
On behalf of the tens of thousands of Canadians that we represent, Canada Family Action is taking a stand against Bill C279.
We’re going to Stop the Gender/Bathroom Bill – C279.
1. “Gender Identity” and “Gender Expression” are undefined in law
This leaves interpretation of the law up to Judges and Human Rights Commissions.
MPs owe it to Canadians to define and understand the laws they pass, not leave it up to the courts and unqualified Human Rights Commission personnel.
2. Women and girls are put at risk and predators get a legal defence
Bill C279 could allow men to use women’s bathrooms, change rooms, showers, and other gender-specific facilities if they claim that they are “expressing” their gender.
Violent and sexual attacks on women in bathrooms and change rooms are not uncommon. Bill C279 could give legal defense to predators like this.
Furthermore, if men who identify as women start using women’s facilities, it is easier for sexual predators to go unnoticed, as if they themselves are simply “expressing” their gender. This is extremely dangerous for women who won’t know who is, and who is not, a sexual predator.
3. Gender confusion in children from forced curriculum taught in schools
The Toronto School Board has already made ludicrous changes to their curriculum, including teaching young children that there are 6 genders, and that gender is self-identified, not scientific fact. (Source)
There are two genders, and confusing our children by teaching otherwise is foolish and dangerous for the child’s future well-being.
4. Businesses, organizations and individuals could unknowingly commit Human Rights and/or Criminal Code Violations if they fail to offer “gender neutral” facilities
Without clear boundaries or definitions of terms, anyone could unknowingly commit an offence under Bill C279 and be dragged in front of the Human Rights Commission or a Criminal Court.
There are enough rules and regulations already, and transgendered individuals enjoy the same protection under our liberal democracy as all other people.
5. Unforeseen costs related to Human Rights or Criminal Charges
An accidental or unknowing violation of the Human Rights Act or Criminal Code could lead to massive costs to both the “perpetrator” of the “injustice” and the government.
Because the terms “Gender Identity” and “Gender Expression” remain undefined, countless hours and dollars could be wasted in our courts and Human Rights Commissions simply trying to define the terms and what particular offences should fall under the provisions of this Bill.
6. Health Care Costs and Burdens
Bill C279 leaves the door open for people to claim discrimination if health care dollars are not spent on gender reassignment and reversal surgeries.
With our Health Care system taking up more and more of our provincial and federal budgets each year, and wait times reaching ridiculous lengths, we can not let these totally elective surgeries burden taxpayers and the system.