“I believe in a Canada where transgender people are protected by the law.” Trudeau said.
Montreal, Canada — Canadian Prime Minister is teaching the whole world, once again, a few lessons on how to run a country.
Earlier this year he promised a new bill that would give, in his own words, full protection to Canadian transgender people.
During his speech in Montreal, where he was accepting the Laurent McCutcheon Award for his commitment to fighting homophobia and transphobia, he said: “I am proud to announce that tomorrow, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we will be tabling a bill in the House of Commons to ensure the full protection of transgender people.” He said.
Prime Minister Trudeau receives the Laurent-McCutcheon Award for his role in fighting homophobia and transphobia. pic.twitter.com/sPbbZtuTi0
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Sources say that Trudeau asked Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, “to add gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, and to the list of distinguishing characteristics of ‘identifiable group’ protected by the hate speech provisions of the Criminal Code.”
During his announcement, he added: “I believe in a Canada where men can give blood, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Trudeau said. “Where transgender people are protected by the law.”
“A Canada where all prime ministers are proud to walk with the LGBT community during gay pride parades.”
Marni Panas, a Canadian transgender woman and LGBT advocate from Edmonton, told CBC: “There are many people who still deny that transgender people even exist or would rather not see us at all.”
“When you have a government clearly stating that transgender people are not only protected in Canada but it says we are welcome here and that we belong here, that’s an important message.” She added.