Mayes votes against transgender bill

MP Colin Mayes stuck with the party line on a bill that attempted to add discrimination against the transgendered.

  • Apr. 2, 2013 7:00 a.m.
Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes

Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes

Okanagan Shuswap MP Colin Mayes stuck with the party line on a bill that attempted to add discrimination against the transgendered to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

Mayes joined the majority of his federal Conservative colleagues and voted no to Bill C-279, a private member’s bill.

Mayes also presented a petition from some of his Okanagan-Shuswap constituents calling on Parliament to support an upcoming motion to condemn sex-selection.

“Millions of girls have been lost through sex-selective abortions, resulting in a global gender imbalance,” said Mayes. “Ultrasounds are being used in Canada to determine the sex of the unborn so that expecting parents can choose to terminate the pregnancy if the unborn child is a girl.”