OTTAWA, Ontario, 3 December, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A senior correspondent for a major Canadian news outlet has accused the Conservative government of being “conservative” in name only after throwing support behind a bill that critics say will allow men who dress as women to use women’s public showers, changing rooms, and restrooms.

Brian Lilley, host of Byline on Sun News Network, wrote to LifeSiteNews in an email that if Conservatives “won’t act conservative…on social issues, then what the hell has the point of the last 7 years been.”

Lilley was reacting to the news that a number of tories had supported a Private member’s bill that would afford special federal protection to so-called ‘transgender’ men and women.

Bill C-279, sponsored by NDP LGBTT Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC), would include “gender identity” and “gender expression” in the hate crimes sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

The controversial bill has been dubbed the “bathroom bill” by critics who say it would give men who say they are women permission to use women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms. They worry this will lead to an increase in sexual assaults.

Jack Fonseca, project manager of Campaign Life Coalition, has called the bill a “threat [to] the lives of girls and women.”

“It threatens the lives of girls and women by putting them at greater risk from male sexual predators. It will give men a legal alibi for getting caught in the girls bathroom or change room, thereby freeing them to offend another day,” he told LifeSiteNews.

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The bill passed its second reading in June with the help of 15 Conservatives who voted in its favor.

They are:
Chris Alexander (Ajax—Pickering)
Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Delta—Richmond East)
Laurie Hawn (Edmonton Centre)
Gerald Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret’s)
Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo)
Michelle Rempel (Calgary Centre-North)
David Wilks (Kootenay—Columbia)
Shelly Glover (Saint Boniface)
Bernard Trottier (Etobicoke—Lakeshore)
Michael Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills)
John Duncan (Vancouver Island North)
Jim Flaherty (Whitby—Oshawa)
Lisa Raitt (Halton)
Bruce Stanton (Simcoe North)
Bernard Valcourt (Madawaska—Restigouche)

Transgendered people have already threatened to use the bill to force Canadians to socially accept what medical science has labeled as a disorder.

‘Linda’ Slater, who was born as a man but spends two days a week dressed as a woman, told the CBC that he has been thrown out of a store because of the way he looked.

“After this I will have a recourse, and if it passes this will open the eyes of shopping centres and smaller stores that it’s to their advantage not to make this an issue,” he said.

Dr. Paul McHugh, a graduate of Harvard and psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1977-2001, banned sex-change surgeries from his hospital after discovering that they did not rectify the problem for people who were struggling with their biological sex. He wrote in 2004 that by catering to the desires of people who wanted surgery to change their biological sex, Hopkins Hospital had been “fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness.”

“We psychiatrists, I thought, would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia,” he wrote, adding that “to provide a surgical alteration to the body of these unfortunate people was to collaborate with a mental disorder rather than to treat it.”

Lilley says that he expects more from a Conservative government.

“So apparently 7 years ago the Liberals were defeated and that paved the way for the Conservatives to get in power. But now Conservatives are spending like the Liberals would if no one was watching and supporting crap like the bathroom bill.”

“I’d rather have a Liberal government that was actually a Liberal government than a ‘Conservative’ one that is Liberal in all but name.”

A third reading of the bill and a final vote is expected any day.

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