C-279 comes to a vote

Tight vote expected for transgendered rights bill

Bill C-279, the transgendered rights bill proposed by NDP MP Randall Garrison, comes to a vote this evening in the House. Here is previous coverage of the bill.

The second reading vote gives a sense of the votes to watch—specifically those Conservatives who voted in favour and what additional votes might be in play because of previous absences. One Conservative vote, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt, tells me she will support the proposed amendments and the main bill. I’m also told Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who wasn’t present for the second reading vote, will vote in favour.

Mr. Garrison’s office says they expect a very tight vote, but remain optimistic.

Update 1:53pm. Michael Chong will also support the amendments and, if they succeed, the amended bill.