Canada Liberals conversion therapy ban bill will let courts order seizure, removal of content
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OTTAWA – The Liberals plan to push ahead with bills on conversion therapy, an extension of some COVID-19 benefits, a bill to protect health care workers from harassment and providing 10-days paid sick leave for workers. Liberal house leader Mark Holland outlined the legislative agenda, which includes many promises the party made during the campaign, at a press conference Monday morning just before parliament is set to resume. Holland said the Liberal house leader Mark Holland outlined the legislative agenda, which includes many promises the party made during the campaign, at a press conference Monday morning just before parliament is set to resume.
The federal government's latest effort toin Canada would let courts authorize the seizure or removal of online content advertising the discredited practice.
The new bill, introduced Monday, is the Liberals' promised third shot at banning conversion therapy with a bill the government is aiming to get passed by Christmas.
If passed, the legislation would make it a crime to cause someone to undergo conversion therapy, taking a minor out of the country in order to get conversion therapy abroad, profiting from the practice, or either advertising or promoting it.
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Conversion therapy refers to practices that try to change a person's gender identity or sexual orientation. It has been widely discredited, including by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association, among others.
The government's last attempt to ban conversion therapy through legislation had not yet made it through the Senate when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the federal election in August.
As a result, the bill died on the order paper when Parliament was dissolved ahead of the vote.
The previous legislation -- C-6 -- banned conversion therapy for children and those adults who did not consent to it, but the latest version of the bill is expected to bar the practice outright.
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In a background document posted on the Justice Department's website, officials said the bill presented on Monday goes farther than the previous one because it broadens the ban beyond just youth.
"This bill is similar to former Bill C-6, which was adopted by the House of Commons in the previous Parliament, but with one important difference," the government said.
"It expands on the previous proposed legislation to protect all Canadians—regardless of their age—from the harms of conversion therapy practices and to promote the dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) persons."
The legislation proposes adding four new Criminal Code offences. Under those, the offence of causing someone to undergo conversation therapy would carry a maximum five years in prison, as would the offence of removing a minor from Canada to undergo the practice abroad.
Government set to introduce beefed-up bill banning conversion therapy
OTTAWA — The federal government is preparing to table a new, tougher bill today in its latest effort to ban conversion therapy in Canada. The legislation, if passed, would make practices designed to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity illegal. The latest bill is widely expected to close some loopholes present in the last piece of legislation to tackle the issue, which fell short of becoming law during the last parliamentary session. The last bill failed to get through the Senate before the federal election in September and died on the order paper when Parliament was dissolved ahead of the vote.
The offences of profiting from conversion therapy as well as advertising or promoting it would carry a maximum of two years behind bars.
Justice Minister David Lametti and Women and Gender Equality Minister Marci Ien are set to hold a press conference at 4:30 PM Eastern on Monday to explain the changes.
The bill is likely to win support from the NDP, the Bloc Quebecois, the Green Party and many Conservative MPs, including party leader Erin O'Toole. More than half of the Tory caucus opposed the government's previous attempt to clamp down on the practice.
With files from The Canadian Press.
Senate gives speedy passage to bill banning conversion therapy .
OTTAWA — The Senate gave speedy approval Tuesday to legislation banning conversion therapy in Canada. After minimal debate, senators agreed to fast-track Bill C-4 through all stages of the legislative process and deem it passed. The move was proposed by the interim leader of the Conservative Senate caucus, Sen. Leo Housakos. It followed a similar move by Conservatives in the House of Commons last week to speed the bill through that chamber without lengthy debate, committee study or votes. The bill is expected to receive royal assent as early as Wednesday.