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December 11 Ottawa Representatives […]




December 11 Ottawa Representatives of CALGM appeared before the Joint Senate and House of Commons Committee on the Constitution to argue for the inclusion of sexual orientation protection in the proposed Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. The five representatives (Chris Bearchell, Monique Bell, George Hislop, Peter Maloney, and Paul-François Sylvestre) based their presentation on a brief prepared by Anthony Sims and others, and answered questions from members of the Committee. This occurred the same day that Svend Robinson (NDP–Burnaby) announced that the federal NDP supported amending the government's constitutional proposals in order to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Svend RobinsonAnthony SimsPaul-Francois SylvestreP.M. (Peter Maloney)George HislopMonique BellChris Bearchell

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Canadian Association of Lesbians and Gay MenNew Democratic Party

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Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

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Claude Turcotte, "La Constitution doit-elle reconnaître l'homosexualité?" Le Devoir, 12 December 1980, p. 10."NDP Backs Plea for Gay Rights," Vancouver Province, three star ed., 12 December 1980, p. A7Denis LeBlanc, "Speaking Out," GO Info, 7, no. 7 (November–December 1980): 5–6"Human Rights Not a Trade-off," Gay Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), November 1980, p. (6)"Gay Rights Group Wants Charter to Outlaw Bias," Montreal Gazette, 12 December 1980, p. 8"Explosive Issues Face MP Committee: Homosexuality, Abortion," Vancouver Sun, four star ed., 12 December 1980, p. A13"CALGM Calls for Gay Rights in Constitution," Body Politic, no. 70 (1981), p. 15Bill Black, "Group Effort" (letter), Body Politic, no. 72 (1981), pp. 6–7