Bill C-389 Vote on Wed. Feb. 9 House of Commons

Posted on February 2, 2011 by

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Dear Friends,

I am writing to update you on the progress of my private member’s Bill C-389, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression) and to ask you to take action to help ensure its passage.

On December 8, 2010 it passed the report stage with a vote of 143 in favour to 131 opposed.

The next step in the process is one hour of third reading debate and a vote.  The debate is currently scheduled to take place on Monday February 7, 2011 at 11am. The vote will likely be on Wednesday February 9, 2011 between 5:30 and 6:00pm.  These dates and times are subject to change.  I will let you know if there are any changes to these dates or times.

This date was negotiated in an attempt to ensure that the bill goes to the final vote in the House of Commons as soon as possible, given the speculation about a possible spring election.

What can you do to show your support for C-389?

  1. You can thank those MPs who voted in favour of my bill at report stage and ask them to continue to support the bill.   Ask them to be sure to be present for the vote on February 9th.
  2. You can lobby your local MP to support C-389 at the third reading vote.
  3. You can contact those MPs who abstained or were not present for the vote and encourage them to be present to support the bill.

I have attached the vote result and a list of the MPs who were not present for the vote. (Editor: This is the Vote Record from the Second Reading on Dec. 8, 2010.)

I am optimistic about the success of my bill at third reading, but the vote at report stage was quite close, so it is important to encourage all MPs who voted in favour to be present for the vote.  We cannot take the final result for granted, and if only a few supporters are absent, the result could be different and the bill could fail.  If C-389 passes third reading in the House of Commons, it will move on to a similar process in the Senate.

Bill Siksay, MP Burnaby-Douglas, BC

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