OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s liberals introduced yet another radical left-wing pro-LGBT bill that seeks to criminalize all forms of so-called “conversion therapy.” Violators would face years in prison.
On Monday, Trudeau’s Federal Liberal Party introduced Bill C-4 in the second effort made by the Liberals, after their first bill, C-6, was dropped earlier this year when Trudeau called for an election. While similar, the new bill is stricter, and is being touted as “among the most comprehensive in the world,” with violators of the broad-scoped policy being subject to a prison term of up to five years.
The bill not only seeks to criminalize “providing” so-called conversion therapy to people, including adults actively seeking it out, but also intends to make illegal “knowingly” causing “another person to undergo conversion therapy,” advertising or promoting conversion therapy, removing a child from Canada for the purposes of undergoing conversion therapy, or receiving “financial or material” benefit as a result of someone undergoing conversion therapy.
Further, the bill applies a broad definition to the term “conversion therapy.” The term includes “any practice, treatment or service designed to: change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual; change a person’s gender identity to cisgender; change a person’s gender expression so that it conforms to the sex assigned to the person at birth; repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour; repress a person’s non-cisgender gender identity; or repress or reduce a person’s gender expression that does not conform to the sex assigned to the person at birth.”
In effect, not only is attempting to reverse someone’s orientation from homosexual to heterosexual illegal, but so is any attempt to “repress or reduce” homosexual or transsexual behavior, even if an adult asks for help to do so.
According to Justice Minister David Lametti, “No matter your age, torture is something you can’t consent to.”
When similar legislation was fielded early this year, Marty Moore, a lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), told LifeSiteNews that the bill was a “deeply flawed piece of legislation.”
“While it purports to criminalize ‘conversion therapy,’ it does not target coercive and abusive practices. Rather, Bill C-6 (now revised and titled Bill C-4) would prevent Canadians, particularly LGBTQ Canadians, from accessing the counseling and support they voluntarily choose related to their gender and sexuality,” said Moore. “Instead, Bill C-6 imposes, with threat of criminal conviction and imprisonment, a one-size-fits-all medicalized transition approach to gender dysphoria. It further prevents LGBTQ Canadians from accessing counselling to reduce unwanted sexual behavior while allowing straight Canadians to do so.”
Jack Fonseca, Political Operations Director for Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), told LifeSiteNews that “there are no protections whatsoever in Bill C-6 for parents or pastors who, for example, discourage a gender-confused child from identifying as transgender and try to help them be at peace with the body in which they were born.”