Canadian Senator apologises for using a slur discussing trans rights

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Welsh equestrian Megan Lewis walks her horse past Canada's parliament on May 7, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario. She is on the last leg of a six-year around the world ride to raise money for a children's charity founded by her husband. AFP PHOTO MICHEL COMTE (Photo credit should read MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images)

A Canadian SenatorAndre Pratte has apologised for using the n-word discussing the transgender rights on Wednesday during a Senate committee hearing. He said in an interview with the Canadian Press that he used the slur to emphasize that free speech is limited. The Senator said the limits apply to talking about groups that are vulnerable or typically face discrimination. Going on he said witnesses at the committee were making arguments around free speech during a debate on the Liberal government’s legislation to protect trans people from discrimination. A spokesperson for the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter has expressed concerns over the transgender rights bill C-16. Hilla Kerner says the bill, which would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” into protected categories in the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code threatens “female-born” women’s spaces.

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