Canadian transgender rights bill passes second reading, picks up support from usual suspect Tory MPs

OTTAWA, October 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Liberal government’s transgender rights bill sailed past second reading Tuesday by a vote of 248-40, with several Conservative leadership hopefuls among the 38 Tories who voted in support of the legislation.

Bill C-16 amends the Canadian Human Rights Act, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression. It also amends the Criminal Code to extend hate speech laws to include gender identity and expression. Evidence a crime was motivated by a prejudice on these grounds is to be considered an aggravating factor in sentencing.