Peter MacKay says he supports transgender rights after attacking Erin O'Toole for supporting 'bathroom bill' - 2020-05-01
OTTAWA — Peter MacKay's Conservative leadership campaign has again had to walk back its own language and issue a clarification, this time on the topic of transgender rights legislation.
In an email to supporters Thursday evening, MacKay promoted the fact he'd voted against a 2012 bill that would have added gender identity as a protected category in the Criminal Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. O'Toole, who'd recently been elected in a byelection, voted in favour.
"While I haven't always agreed with (O'Toole), like when he voted in favour of the Transgender Rights 'bathroom' Bill in 2012, I've always respected that his motivations were positive," MacKay said. "But I'm not so sure anymore."