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Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, as I join this third reading debate on Bill C-16 today, I want to take this opportunity to mark the Trans Day of Remembrance, which will be taking place this Sunday, November 20. This year marks the 17th annual Trans Day of Remembrance, which memorializes trans peopl

November 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I really do want to thank the member for Calgary Nose Hill for her very insightful, passionate speech. She and I have had a lot of dialogue on this issue since we were both first elected. I have seen her come a long way in her understanding. It is quite admirable to

November 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, just on the last question from the member for Sarnia—Lambton, I know she is quite sincere about her question, but we have had on the Hill in the last four years three full sets of hearings, one here in the House and two in the Senate. The transcripts of those hearing

November 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Remembrance Day  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge Remembrance Day, which all members will be marking in our ridings next week. I know that on November 11, I will be joining thousands of Canadians in my riding of Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke and across the country to honour the service of our v

November 3rd, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, what we are asking for is action on this now. Until 1992, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Canadians were systematically driven out of the military. More than 1,200 Canadians were dishonourably discharged because of their sexual orientation or gender identity

November 1st, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present petition e-431, initiated by Tsewang Rinzin of Toronto. This petition calls on the Government of Canada to send at the earliest opportunity a delegation of Canadian parliamentarians and/or diplomats to China to ascertain the whereabouts and we

October 31st, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, today marks Rainbow Day on the Hill, a day when we invite LGBTQ youth to come to Parliament to shadow out-MPs. We hope this opportunity to see lesbian and gay leaders in action will inspire these youth to become involved as leaders in their own communities. While to

October 25th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals say they are doing nothing to facilitate the sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, but not only did the Minister of Foreign Affairs sign the export permits himself, now we learn the Department of National Defence will be performing quality checks on

October 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the comments by the member for Winnipeg North, but I want to go back to what the member for Kitchener—Conestoga said. In his speech, he claimed that the majority of faith groups did not support the bill. When I asked him about that, he said that was not

October 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the member would agree with me that there is a kind of misconception that sometimes happens that transgender people are really only downtown urban people. I have attended the Okanagan Pride every year. Last year I met a transgender man from the member's

October 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Thornhill for the seriousness and respect with which he approaches all issues in the House, even though we quite often find ourselves on opposite sides. With respect, I would submit that he is missing the point with the redundancy argument, an

October 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her question and I know her great sincerity in addressing this issue before the House. The simple answer is of course I do. It is not the total solution. Passing laws never solves everything, but passing a law like Bill C-16 is an expres

October 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Burnaby South for seconding my previous private member's bill and for his work on this issue. I want to say once again that it is not my work that has brought us to this place, but the work of very brave transgender Canadians who stepped forw

October 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Madam Speaker, obviously the hon. member is correct. I have been working on this for five years. It was first passed by the House six and a half years ago, and if there is a villain in this story, it is the unelected Senate which has twice failed to pass this law. This law could

October 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his kind words and support for the bill. An anecdote that I can relate today is that each year I have been sponsoring a brunch for the International Day Against Homophobia. At the last brunch, we had parents who brought their kids there

October 18th, 2016House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP