Randall Garrison, MP Trans Day of Remembrance Statement

    Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize November 20, the Trans Day of Remembrance.

    People in communities across Canada and around the world will gather today to remember victims of trans phobic violence and to dedicate themselves to working to end discrimination against transgender, transsexual and gender variant people. Last year, more than 238 trans people were murdered and countless more were victims of violence and discrimination.

    Once again on this Trans Day Remembrance, many of us will look back, shake our heads and ask ourselves how such violence and discrimination could possibly still be the reality for so many people, but today we must also look forward and ask how we can make things better.

    Canada needs to act now to protect the rights, freedom and safety of trans Canadians. We need to join the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia which have already legislated, and soon Newfoundland and P.E.I. New Democrats were happy to see the passage of Bill C-279 in the House of Commons on March 20, 2013, but Canadians are still waiting. We call on the Senate to act promptly and pass this legislation to ensure equal rights for all.