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thePodcast: The women’s sports bill the Eby NDP refused to debate

For the week of May 19, 2024:

Should athletes who were born male be allowed to compete in women’s sports against women? What is more important in sport: inclusivity or safety and a level playing field?

In 2023, World Athletics, the track and field governing body, chose the latter. It banned “male-to-female transgender athletes who have been through male puberty.”

On April 30, John Rustad, the leader of the Conservative Party of B.C.,  tabled the Fairness in Women’s and Girls’ Sports Bill in the B.C. Legislature. 

While private member’s bills rarely get passed in B.C.’s whipped Legislature, the governing party rarely stands in the way of a bill’s introduction. That is exactly what Premier David Eby’s NDP majority did, alleging that it was transphobic. 

Guests Linda Blade and Hannah Driedger say Eby is wrong. They join host Bob Mackin to talk about what was in the bill. Blade is a high performance coach and author who advocates for women and girls in sport. Driedger is the communications and research director for the Conservative caucus and she helped draft the bill. 

Listen to the full interview. 

Plus, this week’s Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines. 

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thePodcast: The women's sports bill the Eby NDP refused to debate