One of the less controversial promises that the Trudeau Liberals made in the last election was to reinstate the Court Challenges Program, a body that granted money to litigants posing equality and language rights challenges against the federal and provincial governments. The Harper government scrapped it as one of its first acts, perhaps threatened by the program’s history of funding successful, progressive challenges. Going forward, LGBT people can imagine many other challenges brought against the government related to security of the person. Trans people could argue that misgendering in federal institutions such as penitentiaries or the failure of governments to provide correctly gendered documents impacts their personal security. Queer families could argue that the failure of governments to recognize multi-parent family structures endangers parent and child security.
September 29 / Daily Xtra