Form Letter for Candidates in the Upcoming Canadian Federal Election
Subject Line: C16 and Women’s Sex Based Rights
Dear Fellow Canadians who support women’s sex based rights,
I am sending the email below to the Federal candidates in my riding and want to share it with you. Please feel free to use as is or modify as you see fit. You can find the contact information for your candidates at the linked sites below. I am going to cc the Party Leader on each candidate email as well as sending directly to them as candidates for Prime Minister.
Please don’t underestimate the impact you can have simply by sending an email, as we know many Canadians are unaware of the impact of C16 on sex women’s based rights and sadly that includes many of the candidates. Your email may be the first time a candidate has heard of C16 and awareness of these issues is vital!
Thanks to April for posting this content and her incredible activism. Please share and happy emailing!
Dear Candidate’s Name
I am writing as a voter in your riding who supports human rights for all Canadians and with specific concerns about the impact of Bill C16 on women’s sex based rights.
Bill C16 was enacted in Parliament in 2017 to amend the Canadian Human Rights Code and the Canadian Criminal Code in order to provide protection for the transgendered. Unfortunately, C16 does not explicitly protect transgendered individuals but instead protects “gender identity” and gender expression”, neither of which are given precise legal definitions but are instead subjective categories unlike biological sex.
Although sex remains as a separate protected characteristic, the enactment of Bill C16 has led to a massive conflation of sex and gender identity/expression (many women have found that to even discuss their sex based rights as separately protected from gender identity and gender expression leads to accusations of transphobia and bigotry) with the result that, currently in Canada, a women’s status is no longer based in objective biology but on a subjective “gender identity” and/or “gender expression”.
This is misogynistic and continues to have profound implications for women’s’ sex based rights including the right to sex segregated spaces and activities including prisons, abuse and rape crisis centres, elder care facilities and sports and athletic opportunities.
Brief examples regarding Statistics Canada and the Correctional Service of Canada follow:
As a direct result of C16, Statistics Canada “has revised the variable “sex of a person” as well as creating a new variable “gender of a person”.
Stats Canada states: “The variable “Gender of person” and the “Classification of gender” are expected to be used by most social statistics programs. The variable “Sex of person” and the Classification of sex” are to be used where information on sex at birth is needed, for example for some demographic and health indicators.”
This means that but for an extremely limited purpose, data collection and analysis from Stats Canada is based on the “gender of a person” not their biological sex.
One of the most egregious examples of this obfuscation is that universal crime statistics in Canada are no longer collected based on sex but instead on gender identity. This has been confirmed by the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs and now results in crime committed by biological males who identify as transgendered falsely being recorded as committed by female Canadians.
Changes such as these also lead directly to wrongheaded policies like the recent announcement by OPP that they will no longer publicly report the sex or gender of either perpetrators of crimes or their victims. All at a time when violence against biological women is epidemic in Canada!
On January 9, 2017 Corrections Canada announced a policy for transgender inmates detailing that: “Pre-operative male to female offenders with gender dysphoria will be held in men’s institutions and pre-operative female to male offenders with gender dysphoria will be held in women’s institutions”. This policy was abruptly reversed only days later, on January 13th, 2017, following an off the cuff comment by Justin Trudeau at a town hall. As a result, biologically males inmates (both post and pre-operative) are being housed in female facilities, some with mother/child units.
In response to an ATIP, Corrections Canada has advised that between June 1, 2017 and December 3, 2018, 8 biological males who identify as transgendered were transferred to the women’s system. 7 of the 8 were convicted of violent crimes including murder and sexual assault. The total population of transgendered males in female facilities remains unknown.
Female inmates (who are disproportionally aboriginal, have previously been subjected to violence/abuse and are overwhelmingly convicted of non violent crimes) are being housed with male transgendered inmates such as:
- Madilyn (formerly Matthew) Harks who was convicted of sexually assaulting girls under the age of eight three times and has been accused of harassment and assaulting female inmates while in custody. Current location unknown but thought to be held at the Fraser Valley Women’s Institute which contains a mother and child unit
- Tara Desousa (formerly Adam Labucan), a dangerous offender convicted of sexually assaulting a three month old baby. While in custody, Desousa assaulted female inmates and a female correctional officer. Currently held at the Fraser Valley Women’s Institute which contains a mother and child unit
With the information I have provided in mind, please let me know your thoughts and position on the points below. Your response will be a very important consideration in my choice of candidate on October 21:
- What is your position on women sex based human rights as separate from gender identity/expression?
- Do you support the rights of women to organize, provide and receive services based on biological sex as separate from gender identity/expression?
- Do you support the collection of date for social statistics programs (including crime stats) based on biological sex as separate from gender identity/expression?
- What specific steps will you take to support and promote women’s sex based rights including the right to organize, provide and receive services as separate from gender identity/expression?
Thank-you for earliest response,