Alan Dingle, a gay man who was violently beaten because of his sexual orientation, testified with EGALE before the Justice Committee.
“This Bill sends the clear message that violence against lesbians and gays is just not acceptable behaviour,” said Dingle. “It is not a ‘special right’ to walk the streets of this country without fearing for your life.”
At the same time, EGALE called for action on the long-promised amendments to add sexual orientation to the Canadian Human Rights Act. “The Prime Minister has repeatedly stated that once Bill C-41 is passed, the Government will bring forward the amendments to the Human Rights Act,” said Fisher. “Will he remain true to his promise, or will he find some new excuse to delay?”
For further information:
John Fisher, Executive Director, EGALE:(613) 230-1043