March 27, 2019 9:47 pm
Updated: March 28, 2019 1:59 pm

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal rules in favour of transgender politician

Morgane Oger was the first person who identified as transgender to run for election in B.C.'s legislature.

THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
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The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that trans activist and politician Morgane Oger was discriminated against during her run in the 2017 provincial election.

According to a complaint filed to the Human Rights Tribunal, Bill Whatcott published pamphlets and made online comments attacking Oger’s gender identity while she was running for MLA in the Vancouver-False Creek riding.

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According to the complaint, Whatcott called her an “impossibility” and linked transgender people to diseases.

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On Wednesday, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Whatcott violated Oger’s human rights and engaged in hate speech.

Oger called the ruling historic.

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“This win is a win for everybody who is in a community who faces state propaganda in Canada,” Oger said.

“For the first time ever, gender identity or gender expression has been protected in a B.C. court against hate propaganda.”

Oger was the first person who identified as transgender to run for election in B.C.’s legislature.

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal is an independent, quasi-judicial body tasked with screening, mediating and adjudicating human rights complaints.

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