2017-05-18 19:09:59 UTC
"Independent Senator Andre Pratte is apologizing for any offence he caused by using the
'N-word' twice during a committee hearing Wednesday evening.
Members of the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee had gathered to listen
to testimony about Bill C-16, the government's proposed law that would make it illegal to
discriminate on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. Both terms would also
be added to hate speech laws.
Pratte was arguing in favour of calling transgender Canadians by their preferred pronoun,
and used the slur to make a point about how hurtful language can be."