Rob Anders appeared on Sun News on Friday where his petition to stop what he calls the transgender "bathroom bill" was praised by host Brian Lilley.

In a segment title "Flush The 'Bathroom Bill,'" Anders outlined the reasons for his opposition to private member's Bill C-279, which would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and hate crime section of the Criminal Code to include "gender identity" and "gender expression" as grounds for discrimination. Sun News ran a segment earlier in the week attacking the Toronto District School Board for a new set of guidelines which will allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

"Whether or not you have the plumbing of a man or not, whether or not you're taking hormone injections, whether or not you're just dressing and wearing a wig or wearing a women's dress or wearing lipstick [the legislation] doesn't specify. So basically if a man is feeling as though he is a woman he will have access to women's bathrooms. I think that puts women and girls at risk," Anders said.

Lilley linked the issue to a the case of Wayne Alan Cunningham, a man found dead this week who had been charged in the sexual assault and confinement of a teen in Nova Scotia. Cunningham sometimes dressed as a woman, according to police.

"Why would we lower people's natural defences of a man going into a woman's bathroom in order to accomodate this very, very small part of the population?" Anders asked.

Anders seemed to suggest that a man dressed as a woman would be able to legally peep on women in a bathroom under the new bill. Lilley was quick to point out that while that may not be the intent of the bill, it could be a side effect.

The New Democrat MP behind the private members bill, Randall Garrison, disagrees.

The Victoria MP has said the bill is not about access to bathrooms and that Anders' petition is based on "ignorance, misinformation and fear," according to The Canadian Press.

"Unfortunately this is what we have come to expect from Mr. Anders. Perhaps it is time for his weekly apology," said Garrison, referencing the MP's recent contrition after suggesting NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair helped "hasten" Jack Layton's death.

Kelly Ernst, senior program director of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, agrees that Anders' petition raises a stereotype that has no basis in fact.

"When you read the petition and bill side by side you understand that the petition really has nothing to do with the intent of the bill," he told CBC.

Anders' appearance on Sun News comes after a bad week for the Calgary West MP which has led some to speculate that he may be on his way out of the Tory caucus. CBC's Rex Murphy called for Anders' resignation on "The National" on Thursday.

However, according to a story in the Calgary Herald, Anders still has the support of his riding association.

Anders won Calgary West with more than 62 per cent of the vote in 2011, nearly 45 points ahead of his nearest competitor.

With files from CBC and The Canadian Press

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  • Transgender Bathrooms

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/04/rob-anders-transgender-bill-c270_n_1939007.html?ref=topbar" target="_hplink">Anders faced harsh criticism after posting a petition on his website opposing what he calls the "bathroom bill."</a> The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/04/rob-anders-transgender-bathroom_n_1941280.html" target="_hplink">legislation in question would would give the transgender people greater protection under human rights law</a>, but Anders' position expressed fears that it will allow transgender men to use women's washrooms, which could put children at risk. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/04/rob-anders-transgender-washrooms-bathrooms_n_1939364.html" target="_hplink">Twitter users in particular were outraged by Anders' stance</a>. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/20/transgender-rights-bill-canada-passes-tories_n_2919264.html" target="_blank">The bill was approved by the House of Commons in March, 2013.</a>

  • Mulcair 'Hastened' Layton's Death

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/01/rob-anders-layton-mulcair_n_1928965.html" target="_hplink">Anders was denounced by politicians and pundits after he suggested in an interview that NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair helped to "hasten" Jack Layton's death</a>. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/01/rob-anders-apology-jack-layton_n_1929537.html" target="_hplink">Anders apologized soon after</a>, but his contrition has not stopped many from calling for his resignation.

  • War Of 1812 And 'Islamic Terrorism'

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/13/rob-anders-newsletter-1812-terrorism_n_1880913.html?utm_hp_ref=rob-anders" target="_hplink">Anders was denounced by the Canadian Islamic Conference</a> after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/10/rob-anders-newsletter-1812-islamic-terror-war_n_1872170.html?utm_hp_ref=rob-anders" target="_hplink">sending out a newsletter to constituents which compared the War of 182 to the fight against "Islamic terrorism."</a>

  • Attacks Tony Clement And Own Party

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/13/rob-anders-tony-clement-norman-bethune_n_1671147.html" target="_hplink">Anders lashed out on Sun News at Tony Clement and his own party after the Treasury Board President paid tribute to Norman Bethune</a>, a Canadian doctor who has become a hero in China but who was also a card-carrying communist.

  • Premier Alison Redford

    During the 2003 Calgary West riding nomination, in which he was up against now Alberta Premier Alison Redford, Anders said he had the win in the bag, unless Calgary lawyer Redford, "got some magic support base of people who like feminist lawyers."

  • Calgary West Riding Association

    Rob Anders has been embroiled in at least two party nomination fights, in which his riding association and others running for Anders’ seat have claimed the party has ‘stacked the odds’ in favour of the incumbent, while also refusing to disclose the reasons why other Tories wanting to run for the seat have been unable to do so. In 2010, 24 of the 32-member riding board quit over one of those disputes.

  • Canadian vets

    Rob Anders was booted off a veterans committee this spring. Anders called committee members NDP "hacks" who praised Vladimir Putin after they claimed publicly the Calgary MP fell asleep during committee presentations. The members he attacked are Canadian Forces members who volunteer their own time and money to help.

  • Asleep in the Commons

    Nov 17, 2012. Anders is famously caught on TV sleeping and head-bobbing during House of Commons question period. The video goes viral.

  • Nelson Mandela

    Probably his most infamous moment - Rob Anders calls Nelson Mandela a Communist and a terrorist and is the only Parliamentarian to vote against making the South African human rights leader and former president an honourary Canadian in 2001.

  • 'Pull The Trigger'

    In 2010, in a card supporting Canadian troops, Anders wrote: "When in doubt, pull the trigger." The Department of National Defence distanced itself from the remarks.

  • Citizenship

    "All I can say on citizenship at birth is that Australia requires at least one parent to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident for the child to qualify. It is something we should consider as well." On preventing children in Canada from having automatic citizenship.

  • John McCallum

    In 2001, then Veterans' Affairs Minister John McCallum famously refers to Anders as being politically "... to the right of Atilla the Hun."


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    Transgendered beauty queen Jenna Talackova reacts as she makes the top 20 cut in the Miss Universe Canada pageant in Toronto on Saturday May 19, 2012. Talackova sparked global attention when she was initially disqualified from the pageant. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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    Transgendered beauty queen Jenna Talackova watches a fellow contestant take to the stage in the Miss Universe Canada pageant in Toronto on Saturday May 19, 2012. Talackova sparked global attention when she was initially disqualified from the pageant. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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    Transgendered beauty queen Jenna Talackova, center, appears in the Miss Universe Canada pageant in Toronto on Saturday May 19, 2012. Talackova sparked global attention when she was initially disqualified from the pageant. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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    Transgendered beauty queen Jenna Talackova reacts as she makes the top 20 cut in the Miss Universe Canada pageant in Toronto on Saturday May 19, 2012. Talackova sparked global attention when she was initially disqualified from the pageant. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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  • Jenna Talackova, the first transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant, is seen during a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012, in advance of the Miss Universe Canada pageant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

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  • 62 finalists for Miss Universe Canada pose for a photo in advance of the pageant. (Alex Urosevic/iPhotoLive.com)

  • Jenna Talackova, the first transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant, poses during a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012 ahead the Miss Universe Canada pageant. Talackova, a Vancouver resident, underwent a sex change four years ago after being born a male. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

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  • Vancouver's transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova arrives with fellow pageant contestants at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Toronto on Tuesday May 15, 2012.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Jenna Talackova, the first transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant, is photographed with other contestants during a photo call at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012 ahead of the Miss Universe Canada pageant. Talackova, a Vancouver resident, underwent a sex change four years ago after being born a male. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

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  • Jenna Talackova takes a picture with 11-year-old student Kadeen Drummond as Miss Universe Canada contestants visit St. John Vianney Catholic School in Toronto on Tuesday May 15, 2012. Talackova says she's proud to be opening the door for other transgender pageant hopefuls who may want to follow in her footsteps. Talackova ignited a media firestorm after she was initially disqualified from the pageant because she isn't a naturally born female. Pageant owner Donald Trump overruled the decision and said Talackova could take part. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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  • Vancouver's transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova gestures as Miss Universe Canada contestants visit St. John Vianney Catholic School in Toronto on Tuesday May 15, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Jenna Talackova enjoys pool side at a Los Angeles hotel, April 2, 2012. (iPhotoLIve.com)

  • Jenna Talackova smiles at a press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred (not pictured) in Los Angeles on April 3, 2012 in California. Talackova was previously disqualified from Miss Universe Canada, she said, because she used to be male. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jenna Talackova looks on at a press conference in Los Angeles as her attorney Gloria Allred displays Jenna's passport on April 3, 2012. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jenna Talackova, who advanced to the finals of the Miss Canada competition, part of the Miss Universe contest, and was recently forced out of the competition, is listed in her passport as female (with other personal identifying information redacted) at a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • In this image released by ABC, beauty contestant Jenna Talackova, left, poses with ABC's Barbara Walters at an interview Thursday, April 5, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)