Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole stands by his past decision to break ranks with Stephen Harper and vote for a bill enshrining gender ideology into law. 

In 2013, O’Toole was one of only 18 Conservative MPs who supported Bill C-279, a private member’s bill sponsored by NDP MP Randall Garrison.

If passed, C-279 would have added self-declared “gender” as a protected identity in the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code.

The bill described gender identity as “the individual’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex that the individual was assigned at birth.”