IN THE HOUSE: Question to the Minister of Justice

Legislation to Protect Gender Identity and Gender Expression

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, NDP): Mr. Speaker, during the election, the Liberals promised to add gender identity to the human rights code and to the hate crimes section of the Criminal Code.

In February, the Minister of Justice told us that she would introduce legislation to protect gender identity and gender expression. Last week, the urgent need for these protections was underlined when the Montreal clinic performing gender-affirming surgery, the only such clinic in Canada, was targeted by arson.

The need is urgent. Will the government bring forward this legislation now to help prevent these kinds of hate crimes in the future?


Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. colleague across the way for his tireless advocacy with respect to gender identity.

Our government is committed to bringing forward legislation that will respect and ensure that we eliminate discrimination in all forms in this country. Legislation will be coming forward very shortly.