Conversion therapy bill goes to the Senate after rapidly passing through the house

A bill by the Liberal Party government banning conversion therapy will be passed by the House of Commons and submitted to the Senate.

A motion to accept the bill without amendment was presented by Conservative lawmaker Rob Moore and unanimously adopted by lawmakers.

During the previous parliament, 62 Conservatives opposed the bill. The bill died when the Liberal Party government dissolved parliament and called for elections on August 15.

Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, said he would allow free voting on the new bill, Canadian news outlets reported, but this time no MP was against the bill.

During a previous parliamentary session, some Conservatives said conversion therapy included in the Free Government bill could criminalize conversations between parents and children, or between religious leaders and the congregation. He expressed concern about the broad definition.

The new bill is stricter than the bill introduced in the previous parliament and prohibits the practice even for adults who agree.

new Specification Conversion therapy is defined as “practice, treatment or service”Transforming a person’s sexual orientation into a heterosexual “;”Change a person’s gender identity to cisgender “;” Change a person’s gender expression to match the gender assigned at birth “;” Suppress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behavior ” “Suppressing a person’s non-cisgender gender identity”; or “Suppressing or reducing a person’s gender expression that does not match the gender assigned at birth”.

The bill is “Another person receiving conversion therapy “; do “For the purpose of removing a child from Canada with the intention of the child receiving conversion therapy outside Canada”; to promote or promote conversion therapy. Receiving financial or “other significant benefits” from the provision of conversion therapy.

Individuals who deliberately receive conversion therapy to others will be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison, while those who advertise or promote it will be sentenced to up to 2 years in prison.

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Noe Chartier


NoƩ Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter.