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Government sanctioned discrimination, way to go Canada!

So, it appears Canada is again on the chopping block thanks to Harper.  Our flags once waved proud, but now are just as often full of disgrace.  This newest measure allows discrimination based on gender, going so far as to allow airport security the right to allow or deny access to individuals based on their gender.

Under section 5.2(1)(c) of the Aeronautics Act:

“An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if:  the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents.”

Why is this an issue?  Because for many Trans individuals the sex on their passport may not coincide with their gender.  There are very strict rules in place for changing the sex on your international identification that only a very small segment of the populace qualifies for.  These rules make it impossible for non-operative Trans people to have the M or F on their documents changed to reflect their actual gender.  A better solution, if this wording is to remain in place would be to allow for an “Other” designation.  Gender is, after all, a social construct that has nothing to do with an individuals sex (which, lets be honest, also has more than two possibilities).  Alas, we are stuck in a society that appears to enjoy this incorrect, yet entrenched, gender binary.

This goes even farther though.  The instant we allow those with limited power the ability to select who qualifies as female and who as male – based on how they present, we are opening ourselves up for all sorts of abuses.  Gender is a social construct that changes with time.  It used to be that we dressed our long haired little boys in pink dresses, while the girls wore blue.

What happens when the thirteen year old girl, with short cropped hair, wearing low rise baggy pants and a jersey is denied access to a plane to fly home to her parents after spending part of the Summer with her grandparents?  This policy gives airports the right to determine who is female enough, or male enough to board their planes.  The potential abuses this brings forward are downright scary.  Don’t think for a second that because you are not a genderqueer, or trans individual, or because you don’t have a gender creative child that it won’t affect you.  This is something that has the potential to harm us all.  Will we all have to don a dress and kerchief in order to be female enough to avoid speculation?  It’s a scary idea.  Men, don’t even think about wearing that salmon coloured shirt, you too may be pulled for questioning regarding your gender presentation.  Is this really a slope we even want to start on?

There is a petition here:  http://www.petitiononlinecanada.com/petition/tell-harper-to-allow-trans-people-to-fly-on-airplanes/758  Add your name, and let Harper and his yes men know that you are saying NO to this government sanctioned discrimination.  And for more information and ideas on what you can do to combat this, check out what Chris Milloy has to say here:  http://chrismilloy.ca/2012/01/transgender-people-are-completely-banned-from-boarding-airplanes-in-canada/

female enough to fly?In 1930 Amy Johnson finished a record-winning solo flight from England to Australia.  Would she be “female enough” to be allowed on a plane in Canada in 2012?  I wonder.

Canadians, too close to see the truth?

For some time now, I’ve wondered if many of my fellow Canadians are simply too close to see the truth.  We seem to fall into three camps (politically speaking).

  1. In the minority – Those who see all that Harper and his government have done, who are outraged, and doing their best to see change happen.
  2. Also in the minority – Those who see all that Harper and his government have done, yet figure there is nothing to be done, so have washed their hands of all things political.
  3. The majority – Those who deny there is anything going on, and who continue to sing Harper’s praises.

Are we so close to the lies that we have been prevented from seeing the truth?

For the first time EVER in Canadian history, our Prime Minister (now former prime minister) has been found to be in Contempt of Parliament.  For those who aren’t aware, that is a federal crime!  Yet, somehow, he has still managed to maintain his role as the Leader of the Conservatives…  and he is now running a campaign hoping for reelection.

Worth nothing:  If a person has been convicted of a federal crime they are not eligible for election.  Not only are they not able to be elected, they are not able to run for election!  So please explain to me how Stephen Harper is seeking reelection.

“Edmund Burke noted that all that was necessary for evil to triumph was for good men to do nothing. Canadians are certainly good and worthy folks, but they suffer an excess of civil obedience, politeness and lack of civic rage that could be harnessed to combat political atrophy. At a time when Arabs risk life and limb for political freedoms, Canadians seem largely apathetic about the erosion of their democracy.”  – Ramesh Thakur

Read more at:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/canada-watches-its-democracy-erode/story-e6frg6ux-1226030310248

I wonder how far things will have to go before we finally begin to push back.  Our rights as Canadians are being trampled by the very body who should be seeking to safeguard those rights.  Since when are our citizens deemed to be above the law based solely on status?  It’s a scary day to be Canadian.

For more details on Harper’s contempt finding, and what it SHOULD mean, see http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=1980

So…  there is only one more question to ask.  Which of the three types of Canadians are you?  Vote HERE! And then be sure to get out on May 2nd and vote at the polls.

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