BC Government Seeks to Promote Gender Equity by Wiping Gender From the Map



March 22, 2023

On International Women’s Day, the BC government decided to celebrate women by introducing legislation that would wipe out more than 2300 references to women’s pronouns in the province’s legislation. Bill 14, the Miscellaneous Statutes (Modernization) Amendment Act, contains 1200 clauses, each one striking out phrases such as “his or her,” “he or she,” and “brother or sister” and replacing them with gender-neutral language. A couple of days later, the government introduced Bill 15, the Vital Statistics Amendment Act, which allows parents to opt out of listing their child’s sex on their birth certificate.

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