OTTAWA – The federal government has introduced a new bill aimed at preventing both adults and children from being subjected to conversion therapy.
The law, titled Bill C-4, proposes to end the harmful practice in Canada, and is broader than the federal government’s previous attempt to pass in Parliament.
The enhanced law, if passed, would make it an offense for another person to undergo conversion therapy, after a campaign promised by liberals to reintroduce the law within the first 100 days of a new mandate. . It would also make it a criminal offense to promote or provide benefit to the practice.
Conversion “therapy”, as it has been called, attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender, and has been opposed by many health and human rights groups.
After a technical briefing with Justice Canada officials, Justice Minister David Lametti, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth Marcy Inn, and Gay Tourism Minister Randy Boissonault, with members of the New Bill, told reporters at 4:30 p.m. will talk. LGBTQ2S+ community.
This is the third iteration of the conversion therapy law introduced by liberals in the past few years.
This time, hoping for the support of all parties in the House of Commons, the government has committed to give priority to the bill, aiming to pass it before the end of 2021.