Ottawa looking at Criminal Code reforms to deter 'shameful' conversion therapy
2019-07-09 from cbc.ca
The federal government is calling on all provincial governments to stop conversion therapy while it reviews Canada's Criminal Code reforms.
"The federal government is committed to doing everything within its jurisdiction to combat conversion therapy," reads a letter from two Liberal cabinet members and an MP to Alberta's Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer.
"The provincial, territorial, municipal and federal governments all have roles to play to protect Canadians from the harms associated with this practice."
The June letter, recently obtained by CBC News, asks Schweitzer to take immediate action to "end the shameful practice." It's signed by federal Justice Minister David Lametti, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault, the special adviser on LGBT issues to the prime minister.
Conversion therapy — opposed by the Canadian Psychological Association — tries to change people's sexual orientation, gender identity or expression through counselling, medication or religious practices.
Activists say conversion therapy often happens informally in churches and on a one-on-one basis rather than more organized groups — although it's unclear how prevalent it is in Canada.
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