The New Democrats are blasting a Conservative MP for attacking a private member's bill that would give the transgendered greater protection under human rights law.
Rob Anders has posted a note on his website that says the bill would give transgender men access to women's public washrooms.
The Calgary MP is inviting Canadians to sign a petition urging MPs to vote against the bill.
The petition says it "is the duty of the House of Commons to protect and safeguard our children from any exposure and harm that will come from giving a man access to women's public washroom facilities."
The New Democrat MP behind the private members bill, Randall Garrison, says Anders' petition is based on "ignorance, misinformation and fear."
Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, issued a statement Thurs-day saying his bill would merely amend the Canadian Human Rights Code and hate crime laws to protect the transgendered.
It is not about access to bathrooms, Garrison said.
"Unfortunately, this is what we have come to expect from Mr. Anders. Perhaps it is time for his weekly apology," said Garrison.
Anders apologized this week after saying that NDP leader Tom Mulcair helped hasten the death of his predecessor Jack Lay-ton a few months after the last federal election.
Meanwhile, the Toronto District School Board has issued new equity policy saying that transgender students in Toronto schools must be accommodated according to their own stated gender preference and do not need to produce official documentation to justify their identity choice.
The policy stipulates that students be allowed to choose which washrooms to use on school grounds.
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