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Canada's Equality Bill Moves Through Senate
 

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With Christopher Rastin on Parliament Hill.

CANADA'S equality bill, C-23 or 'An Act to Modernize the Statutes of Canada in Relation to Benefits and Obligations,' passed second reading in the Senate on Tuesday.

During the debates Senator Cools was vocal in expressing her concerns that the bill should include relationships of dependency and that it will likely reduce the significance of marriage.

She also described the granting of benefits on the basis of sexuality as being "unusual."

The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.  Testimony began yesterday from Justice Minister Anne McLellan and officials of other federal ministries which will be impacted by the omnibus bill's proposed amendments to existing legislation.

Committee hearings will continue Wednesday and Thursday of next week with other witnesses being called.