To: Government of Canada
For far too many years the Federal Governments have been playing with the lives of the transexual population of Canada.
The Federal Government agrees that surgery for transexual people is necessary and will itself fund it for anyone that is under their care and control.
At the same time the Feds, knowing that this is important and life saving, understanding that in order for one to go forward and be a productive and functional tax paying member in society, have done nothing to create equality in Canada, especially where it comes to medical treatment.
In 1998 the Ontario Provincial Government stopped funding this needed procedure(SRS). They used the excuse that this is cosmetic surgery and that isn`t needed in order for one to live. The Provincial Government felt that they were wasting money and this was one way to save it. At that time it was costing 120k a year on the surgeries and closer to a million a year on the Gender Clinic. To date they still fund the close to a million a year on the Clinic.
The Federal Government has sat by and watched this, as well as the treatment of other Provincial Governmental treatment of transexual people, happen. They even suggest that this is ok since they, the Feds, have no say in what happens in each Province.
Each year too many transexual people make attempts ,and in some cases are successful, to kill themselves. Each year more become addicted to drugs, some are forced to work the streets, many lose their homes and jobs.
What is the financial cost of all this?
How much does it cost to keep a person on welfare per year?
How much does it cost to hospitalize a person, or to house them in Provincial Jails?
How much does it cost to treat all people as humans and allow them to go forward in life, and isn`t that cost worth it?
The Federal Government needs to change the way things are done in this country. They need to make sure each transexual person has the same rights no matter what part of the country they live in, no matter who`s care and control they are under.
The Federal Government must add SRS to the Canada Health Act thereby forcing each province to fund the proven needed procedures.
Don`t let the Feds make one Province look better then the next, there by splitting Canada into have nots and haves.
Help us to remind the Prime Minister that his job is to bring us all together as one united Country with the same rules for each, regardless of who we are and where we come from ,treated with true equality.
Please sign our petition, many lives depend on it.