Canada's LGBT Conversion Therapy Bill Gets Put on Hold for the Summer

Written on 07/05/2021
Staff Columnist

Canadian Parliament is putting the LGBT conversion therapy bill on hold for summer - Reuters Reports.

Recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to ban LGBT conversion therapy, and now it's being postponed until September. On Tuesday, an effort to recall Parliament over the summer to discuss the bill fell through.

Canada's upper chamber held special sittings last week to look at various bills passed last week by the House of Commons before it broke for summer.

The government's representative in Parliament made an effort to add sittings to the summer break, hoping to deal with unfinished business. However, it was blocked alongside the conversion therapy bill.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told the media last week that she was disappointed that Parliament could not see through Bill C-6. Reuters reports it was passed by the House of Commons from 263 to 63 just days ago.

"Disappointed is too weak a word," she said. "This is something that would really help Canadians, and not doing it really hurts a lot of people."

Conversion therapy is a practice that aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity through talk therapy, hypnosis, electric shocks and fasting. It has been deemed "harmful and ineffective" by The American Medical Association.

Don Plett, senator for the Conservatives, claims the Liberals want to push the bill to score political points ahead of the upcoming election, which is expected to happen in September.

"Liberals are playing politics with important bills again," he tweeted on Wednesday.

Despite the efforts from the Liberal government, the bill will be looked at when The Senate of Canada (Upper House of Parliament) restarts at the end of September - but if an election is called beforehand, the legislation will fizzle out with other incomplete motions.

The Liberals have a minority government, and Reuters said he is looking at a snap election to capitalize on Canada's resurfacing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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