Sask. Government Passes Controversial Parents’ Bill of Rights

Today the Saskatchewan government passed Bill 137, a legislation that mandates parental consent for children under 16 to use a different gender-related name or pronoun at school

The contentious debate regarding this legislation spanned 40 hours, with opposition members voicing their concerns and reading testimonials against the bill and the use of the notwithstanding clause.

Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan

Opposition members argued that this requirement could potentially harm transgender and gender-diverse youth by forcibly outing them and that it disproportionately impacts a vulnerable minority

The use of the notwithstanding clause, which allows the provincial government to override sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, has also faced criticism from both the opposition and legal experts.

Despite these concerns, the bill passed, becoming law when Lt.-Gov. Russ Mirasty signed it shortly after the vote, and will require parental consent for such situations at schools in Saskatchewan.

The legislation has sparked a passionate debate about the rights and protections of transgender and gender-diverse youth in the province.

Source: CBC News

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