February 8th, 2024
NDP calls for stronger measures to protect 2SLGBTQI+ people and youth from rising hate
OTTAWA – On Thursday, NDP 2SLGBTQI+ and Justice critic Randall Garrison brought forward a motion that calls on political leaders at all levels of to condemn the rising tide of hate and violence directed toward the 2SLGBTQI+ community and all attempts to disrupt democratic institutions, including school boards when dealing with policies concerning equality and inclusion. The motion was adopted at the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and will be reported in the house, despite the Conservatives voting against it.
“Every Canadian deserves to feel safe for being who they are. But over the last few months, we’ve seen political leaders and Conservative premiers stoking hate and pushing division,” said Garrison. “It’s not acceptable, which is why I called on all parties to condemn this rising hate – but the Conservatives voted against even that.”
In 2021, there was a 64 per cent increase in hate crimes based on sexual orientation. Last year, it was reported that 39 per cent of trans Canadians have experienced violence over a five year period – and this number is likely even higher as many trans people feel unsafe reporting violence.
“It’s deeply appalling that the Conservatives would vote against condemning hate. But it’s not shocking after Pierre Poilievre himself said he was against life saving gender-affirming care for trans youth - this is wrong,” added Garrison. “New Democrats believe everyone should feel safe being who they are, especially our kids – and that’s the future we’re working towards.”
Text of the motion:
That, given the rising tide of hate and violence directed toward the 2SLGBTQI+ community at home and around the world, the House call on leaders at all levels of government in Canada to:
a. speak out strongly in favour of Canadian values of equality and inclusion for the 2SLGBTQI+ community;
b. deplore all disruptions of lawful public activities, including Pride events and all children’s sports and educational activities, and
c. condemn all attempts to disrupt democratic institutions, including school boards, when dealing with policies concerning equality and inclusion.