Calgary MP Rob Anders has once again drawn criticism for controversial comments, this time about the transgender community.Anders wants to stop Bill C279, a private member's bill that would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and hate crime section of the Criminal Code to include "gender identity" and "gender expression" as grounds for discrimination.He says the bill's goal is to give transgendered men access to women's washrooms, which has led it to be nicknamed the "bathroom bill" proposal.
He said it’s the duty of the House of Commons to protect children from any exposure or harm that will come from giving men this kind of access.Rob Anders makes the news today for pushing a long standing myth that keeps circulating in social conservative circles, that transgendered people are sexual predators. It is a variation of the blood libel . Anders is trying to whip up hysteria among conservative church members who will no doubt be contacting their conservative MPs.
A lot of effort goes into trying to figure out the secretive reasons why Anders is still a member in good standing in the Conservative caucus. The simplest explanation is the best. He holds a safe riding that brings in steady revenue. The secondary reason is that Stephen Harper and Rob Anders are probably closer in thinking than most people think. Anders feeds the pigs while Harper tries to look professional in the parts of Canada where he needs to win.
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