In light of the current consultation in New Zealand regarding proposed changes to the way sex is recorded in statistics I am posting an email I received in April 2019 from Statistics Canada which proves that sex is no longer a recorded variable in crime statistics. This is relevant to this consultation because the Government of New Zealand repeatedly cites Canada as an example of best practice in respect to gender identity policies.
Data from police records is compiled to generate the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Survey. The UCR is a vital tool for researchers and policy makers seeking to understand the frequency and characteristics of crime in Canada. Neither the Government nor the media have made any attempt to inform the public of the decision to swap actual sex for self declared gender in this survey. This change came into effect in January 2019.
Naturally when people are informed of this change they request a governmental link but such a link does not exist. Anyone who would like to independently verify this information may do so by contacting Statistics Canada directly.
As I wrote here, without statistics that reflect reality we will no longer have reliable data. That such an obvious fact merits stating is quite something to witness. When pressed for justification for this incoherent change Statistics Canada informed me that “given the small percentage of transgender individuals, and the way data are reported, we expect the differences between the two concepts to be so small that they would not impact analysis”.
I do not know what they mean by “the way data are reported” and clarification was not provided despite repeated requests for it. They have implemented a change that means one’s self declaration of gender (or lack thereof) must be recorded. To further muddy the issue they define ‘gender’ as being either male or female (or both or neither). Male and female are widely understood as terms that denote actual sex not a persons sense of identity. According to the Government of Canada gender is fluid and you may change back and forth at will. There is nothing stopping a man from battering his wife and saying he is a woman out of nothing more than spite. There is no reason whatsoever to intentionally introduce outright fabrication into data and the detrimental effect that this will have on women is obvious.
The justification given for this change is Bill C-16 (2016). This legislation added gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act. No definition exists for gender identity or expression that is not grounded in a personal sense of self and performance of sex based stereotypes. It is unclear why there is a need to record this variable at all, let alone use it as a replacement for sex in vital statistics.
Gender identity is a nebulous concept that, in effect, negates the reality of sex and is being used to surreptitiously override sex based policies and protections. Sex is a protected characteristic in the Charter of Rights and without question it should follow that the government is out of bounds when it claims the right to erroneously label male perpetrated violence as female perpetrated. Bill C-16’s direct conflict with the Charter of Rights renders it an invalid law which must be repealed.
The New Zealand government is in serious error when it holds up Canada’s gender identity policies as a model of progression and best practice.