The Canadian House Ban “Conversion Therapy” For LGBTQ Minors
The Canadian House of Commons approved Bill C-6, the bill that banned “conversion therapy” in a 263-63 vote in Mid-June.
But The Canadian Senate Blocked It
On June 29, 2021, the Canadian Senate delayed the vote on the bill.
Senator Don Plett
According to Senator Don Plett, “liberals are playing politics with important bills again”.
He believes that the proposed legislation to ban “conversion therapies” is more of a political maneuver than a genuine attempt by liberal lawmakers.
The Government’s Representative In The Senate Tried His Best
The government’s representative in the Senate, Senator Marc Gold, who introduces and defends government bills in the Senate after they are passed by the House of Commons, tried his best but ultimately failing at pushing back against other senators who objected about adding additional sittings before September despite having pressing business on hand such as the “conversion therapies” ban.
“Conversion Therapies” To Continue In Canada
Even though many cities and townships have their own local bans, like Edmonton, which prohibited "conversion therapies" in December 2019, they are not enough. A law that applies to the whole country is needed.
Canadians will now have to wait until, at least, September 2021, when the bill may be considered again in Senate.
However, given that an election could take place before September, the legislation could die.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland
“Disappointed is too weak a word,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said. “This is something that would really help Canadians and not doing it really hurts a lot of people.”
Justice Minister David Lametti
If passed, Canada’s justice minister David Lametti said that “Bill C-6 will make Canada’s criminal laws on conversion therapy the most progressive and comprehensive in the world.”
The bill is “about protecting the dignity and equality rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit individuals, by criminalizing conversion therapy-related conduct,” Lametti wrote on Twitter.
The push to ban “conversion therapies” to LGBTQ minors was stalled in the Senate. It is disappointing that a bill so important to many Canadians will not be passed until September at the earliest.