Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day in Canada, a day to stand up against bullying.
But in Ottawa, where Tories act like bullies most of the time, attacking anyone who can't fight back easily, they ignored the day and continued their old tricks.
Tory Senator Don Plett ignored his critics, including me, and bulldozed ahead with amendments to Bill C-279, a NDP private member's bill that seeks to add "gender identity" to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code's anti-hate provisions. Plett succeeded at a Senate committee on Wednesday to pass amendments to the bill that would fundamentally undermine its intentions by exempting the legislation from applying to "sex-specific" facilities such as public washrooms.
Now the amended bill must go back to the House of Commons, where the original version passed in 2013. But the bill's author, MP Randall Garrison, now says even he would vote against it if it
miraculously comes up for a vote again in the Commons before the summer break because of Plett's discriminatory amendments.
Now Garrison predicts the bill is dead in this Parliament.
“It does look like the death of the bill,” Mr. Garrison said from Ottawa Wednesday. “I can’t understand why the Conservative leadership of the Senate would allow this small group of senators to derail the bill since the Senate twice voted, in principle, in favour of the bill.”