Canada Revives Bill to Outlaw Involuntary LGBT Conversion programs

Canada has reintroduced a bill to outlaw the ‘conversion’ of gay and transgender people. The nationwide bill progress was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March. It had previously moved through the Parliament and had its first reading in the House of Commons 3-9-2020.

“Conversion therapy is harmful, degrading, and has no place in Canada … I hope that all parties will do the right thing by supporting this bill,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Thursday.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party promised to ban the practice during an unveiling of the party’s election platform last year.

The bill was presented in the House of Commons on Thursday though no voting date has been set.

C-8 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy) will outlaw:

(a) causing a person to undergo conversion therapy against the person’s will;
(b) causing a child to undergo conversion therapy;
(c) doing anything for the purpose of removing a child from Canada with the intention that the child undergo conversion therapy outside Canada;
(d) advertising an offer to provide conversion therapy; and
(e) receiving a financial or other material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy.

It also amends the Criminal Code to authorize courts to order that advertisements for conversion therapy be disposed of or deleted.

According to Global News three Canadian provinces — Ontario, Nova Scotia,and Prince Edward Island — as well as Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary have enacted bans on conversion therapy. Additionally, the province of Manitoba has issued an official position statement against these practices.

The House of Commons now has Act C-8 which is described as the worlds most progressive and through LGBT conversion ban

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