NDP MP Bill Siksay’s private member bill amending the Criminal Code to protect transsexuals and transgender people passed in the House of Commons Wednesday.
Much of the attention on the vote was focused on a block of socially-less-conservative Conservatives who supported the bill, House Leader John Baird among them.
But also interesting were the social-conservative Liberals who voted against the bill. All of them represent suburban Toronto ridings with sizable ethnic communities, who are not believed to be as liberal in their attitudes towards such issues.
(Note: four Bloc Quebecois MPs paired with four Conservative MPs and didn’t vote. It cannot be inferred how they would have voted.)