Move an abrupt change from government’s stand earlier this year.
M.L.A.’S from both sides of the house gathered together, to mark a major change in B.C.’s human rights code.
Changes will be introduced to amend B.C.’s Human Rights Code to include gender identity or expression.
The change had been previously advocated for by the NDP and had been rejected by the Liberals.
But last week the government abruptly changed its position.
NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert introduced the private member’s bill several months ago.
“The cynic would say we have an election coming up really soon and the government wants to be in the pride parade which they were banned from last year.
But I would say it’s the strength of the arguments from transgendered people.
And from the vast majority of British Columbians, and indeed the vast majority of Canadians who already have this legislation, those spoke very loudly.”
Attorney General Susanne Anton says the government acted for the right reasons.
“What role did the coming election play in this decision I like to do things because it’s the right thing to do we are doing this because its the right thing to do.”
In 2012 Ontario became the first province to specifically include gender identity in human rights legislation.