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Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« on: December 06, 2016, 04:47:24 pm »
Bill C-16, currently before the Senate, would include gender identity as a prohibited grounds for discrimination in human rights legislation at the federal level.  According to Anmesty International (https://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/canada-call-senate-protect-transgender-rights), senators are being "flooded" with messages opposing the bill.

Since the majority of Canadians, according to various polls, are in favour of protection for transgender people, this can only mean that there is a behind-the-scenes campaign under way by some unidentified anti-trans group to defeat the bill.

So, if you care about this bill, please write your senators (your own, those of your province, or, what the heck, all of them), urging them to support the bill. 

I got a reply back from my senator, warning of "unintended consequences" of social legislation.  So obviously he's not going to support it.  :(  Just for fun, I asked him what unintended consequences he had in mind.  >:-)  I'll let you know if he answers that.

[Edit:] Heard back from him.  No surprise, the "unintended consequences" are "security concerns over bathroom access"!  Aargh!  I sent him a politely worded note telling him what I thought of that.

Also heard back from another senator who is in favour of the bill!  :)
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Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2016, 08:06:21 pm »
I'll be visiting my local MP in person. (We need to have a conversation anyways.)

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Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2016, 08:10:24 pm »
The MPs have already passed Bill C-16 in the House of Commons, all three readings.  It is now in the Senate, so it is the Senators that need to be persuaded, not the MPs.

Back in 2011, this same bill passed all three readings in the Commons only to be defeated in the Senate.  It could happen again if some people have their way.
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Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2016, 08:24:39 pm »
Back in 2011, this same bill passed all three readings in the Commons only to be defeated in the Senate.  It could happen again if some people have their way.

Granted, that was under a Harper majority, was it not? (That man was pretty much cancer in every way imaginable..) While I'm still concerned, if I'm not mistaken, Trudeau's Liberals have a majority now? That may be a ray of hope, if anything. *fingers crossed.*

Angela Drakken

Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2016, 03:04:59 pm »
Roll call;

Has anyone received confirmation or a response their letters and or emails have been read/accepted/considered?

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Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2016, 03:29:18 pm »
I received four responses out of nine letters sent. 

You get better responses from MPs than from senators, it seems.  At least if you write your MP, you will usually get a form letter back saying that your issue is "very important" and that they will give it their "full consideration".  The replies I got appeared to be from the senators themselves, not from office flunkies, so perhaps senators don't have staff.   That would make replies less likely.
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Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2016, 04:31:24 pm »
I received four responses out of nine letters sent. 

You get better responses from MPs than from senators, it seems.  At least if you write your MP, you will usually get a form letter back saying that your issue is "very important" and that they will give it their "full consideration".  The replies I got appeared to be from the senators themselves, not from office flunkies, so perhaps senators don't have staff.   That would make replies less likely.
My husband has dealt with Canadian senators for a variety of issues. They typically have only a very small staff and deal with most correspondence personally. They are also relatively amenable to phone conversations and email.
The Conservatives do not hold a majority in the Senate but neither do the Liberals. Progressive senators can either sit as "Independent Liberals" or Unaffiliated.

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Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2017, 07:25:48 am »
Bill C-16 is still in trouble in the Senate.  Bill C-16 would prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity in areas of federal jurisdiction.  It has passed third reading in the House of Commons long ago, but a handful of senators are preventing it from even coming to a vote in the Senate.

News story here:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/peter-harder-conservative-senators-hostage-1.4064119

Please write your senators, and especially the party leaders in the senate to urge them to pass this law in a timely manner.  You can find out who your senators are and get their email addresses here: https://sencanada.ca/en/senators/
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Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2017, 07:51:53 am »
Hi Kathy, I have sent a few letters and had a couple positive responses back. I hope it goes through, fingers crossed.
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Re: Canadians: write your senators re Bill C-16
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 02:59:12 pm »
I heard back from Sen. Harder today.  Kind of a bland form letter saying he was in favour of the bill, but not saying whether he will act to blow the logjam in the Senate.  Oh well, at least he read my email.
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