Thursday • 2012.02.09
Motion To Repeal Trans Flight Ban is Defeated by Tories in Committee
Sadly, I must report that this morning’s vote did not go well in the meeting of Parliament’s Transport Committee.
Olivia Chow’s motion to repeal article (c) of paragraph 5.2(1) (the transgender flight ban) was defeated in a vote of 6 to 5.
Members voted along party lines. Here is the breakdown:
- NO – Adler – Conservative
- NO – Holder – Cons
- NO – Poilievre – Cons
- NO – Richards – Cons
- NO – Toet – Cons
- NO – Watson – Cons
- YES – Chow – NDP
- YES – I. Morin – NDP
- YES – Coderre – Liberal
- YES – Garrison NDP
- YES – D. Morin NDP
Chair MP Mark Tweed (Cons) would only have been called on to vote in order to break a tie.
Vice Chair MP Jamie Nicholls (NDP) and regular member Mike Sullivan (NDP) did not vote, and MPs Randall Garrison (NDP) and Dany Morin (NDP) are not regular members of the Committee, and yet received a vote anyway. At the time of this writing, the reasons for this are not yet known to me. I will follow with an update. [UPDATE – NDP Committee members Jamie Nicholls and Mike Sullivan voluntarily surrendered their votes to Dany Morin and Randall Garrison.]
In response to the open letter I sent Committee members last night, I received the following response from MP Olivia Chow’s office:
Thank you the message to the Conservative members of the TRAN committee. Maybe you were following today’s meeting via the Parliament’s live stream: sadly, the Conservatives defeated the motion in a recorded vote. But the fight is not over. Olivia Chow and Randall Garrison, the NDP Transport and LGBT critics are discussing the next steps, including a petition to repeal this discriminatory measure.
I also received the following terse response from Conservative MP Ed Holder.
Chris, thank you for sharing your view on this. Ed
Stay tuned—This fight is not yet over.
UPDATE – Randall Garrisson acknowledged the presence at the meeting of trans activists Sophia Cassivi from Gender Mosaic, and Amanda Ryan from Trans Pride. He also cited three examples of stories about trans people affected by the the trans flight ban, or by other travel difficulties due to being transgender, including the story of Jennifer McCreath, which I shared on my blog this week.
One piece of great news that came out of this, Randall Garrison also announced he will introduce a private members bill within the next two months called “Gender Identity and Gender Expression,” which he says will attempt to address the difficulties transgender people have changing their ID!