Statement by David Swann on Bill 7

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement on Bill 7, the Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act:

“Today is a great day for safety, diversity, and inclusivity. Bill 7 is a much needed update to the Alberta Human Rights Act that will explicitly protect transgender Albertans from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, and services.

“Transgender individuals face frequent and merciless discrimination in their everyday lives. They are frequently the victims of violence and harassment, have higher rates of suicide, and face shameful barriers to employment, all for simply expressing who they are.

“This is a proposal that I have long supported and I look forward to voting in favour of this legislation. When I participated in Pride celebrations across the province this past summer, I promised members of the LGBTQ community that I would do everything I could to get these legislative protections put in place.

“It is my sincere hope that this legislation can be passed unanimously. It is the right thing to do.”