Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

URGENT URGENT URGENT Action Alert to Prime Minister Harper, Party Leaders, and MPs in Ontario: Support Bill C-389 to Ensure Full Human Rights Protections for Transgender and Transsexual Canadians

URGENT URGENT URGENT Action Alert to Prime Minister Harper, Party Leaders, and MPs in Ontario: Support Bill C-389 to Ensure Full Human Rights Protections for Transgender and Transsexual Canadians

 

February 7, 2011

 

Today Members of Parliament are debating whether to protect human rights to gender identity and gender expression. Please join Canadians from across the country to send them an urgent message today: VOTE YES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.

 

Bill C-389, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), is a private member’s bill that was first debated on May 10, 2010. By updating the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination and amending the Criminal Code of Canada to include gender identity and gender expression in the hate crime and sentencing provisions, Bill C-389 is an essential step in providing full human rights protection for one of the most marginalized groups in our society.

 

Transsexual and transgender people all too often experience discrimination, harassment, and violence because of their gender identity and gender expression. These injustices prevent access to safe learning environments at school, deny employment opportunity and stability, hinder access to income security, food security and housing, and create barriers for appropriate, inclusive health and human services. For additional background materials and references, please see the resolution on this issue that was passed on June 7, 2010 at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Nurses Association available here.

 

Please Act Now!  Bill C-389 passed the Report Stage on December 8, 2010 with a vote of 143 in favour to 131 opposed. The next step is one hour of Third Reading debate and a vote. The debate is scheduled for the morning of Monday, February 7th - TODAY - and the vote will be on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. So today is the day to let our elected leaders know nurses support full human rights protection for all Canadians!

 

  • Email the letter below to the Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; Hon. Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Opposition; Hon. Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party; Hon. Gilles Duceppe, Leader of the Bloc Québécois; your Member of Parliament and all other MPs from Ontario. You can edit the letter to share insights from your nursing practice and/or life experiences on why protecting human rights is essential for good health and human dignity.
  • You can call your MP’s office and advocate support for Bill C-389 at third reading. If you are not sure who your MP is, just put in your postal code at the Elections Canada website at http://www.elections.ca/ and it will give name and contact information.
  • Please share this action alert with your colleagues, neighbours, friends, and family and ask them to email as well. Be sure to tell them not to delay – today’s the day to write to our federal representatives.

Resources:

 

Bill C-389, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression). (2009). 1st Reading, May 15, 2009, 40th Parliament, Second Session.

 

Bill C-389: Additional information including current status, major speeches in Parliament, and recorded votes may be found here.

 

Canadian Nurses Association (2010). Resolution on Advocacy to Extend Full Human Rights Protection for Transgender and Transsexual Canadians.

 

Rainbow Health Network

 

Rainbow Health Ontario

 

Rainbow Nursing Interest Group

 

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (2007). Position Statement: Respecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Toronto: Author.

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