“Conversion Therapy” Ban – Call to Oppose Bill C-6

Please contact your political representatives to oppose Bill C-6: The federal government recently introduced Bill C-6, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code which would ban conversion therapy in Canada. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a statement saying that if passed in its current form, this legislation could have serious repercussions for religious freedom and parental rights in Canada:

CCCB Statement in English / or in French.

CCSTA Statement and Resources: LINK

“Fix the Definition” – Online Petition

Find your MP here: LINK

Conversion therapy is defined in Bill C-6 as “a practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender, or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour.”

In the statement about Bill C-6 on Oct. 7, 2020, the CCCB states: “The Bill makes no provision for legitimate diversity concerning viewpoints on human sexuality arising from religious beliefs, from philosophical debate, or from scientific and medical study; nor does it make any provision for conscientious dissent related to such matters in forums of teaching or public presentations.”

The Catholic bishops also state: “In outlining some of the serious problems presented by the wording of Bill C-6, we believe it is of the utmost importance that the Government re-examine the Bill with a view to assuring that the appropriate and indeed necessary amendments be considered and undertaken. This ought to be done in a spirit of true dialogue with faith communities, as well as with a broad range of healthcare professionals, social workers and legal experts across the country. We conclude by reiterating the commendable purpose of the Bill in as much as it intends to prohibit coercive actions against the inherent dignity of any person; however, the lacunae, ambiguities in language and the potential overreach in its application to current lawful activities are regrettably present and thus need to be addressed.”

Bill C-6 has recently completed its review at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The Standing Committee has sent the Bill with amendments to Third Reading. The amendments proposed to the Bill provide further challenges and are not reflective of the concerns the CCCB and others have mentioned. His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins was invited to testify at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto on Tuesday 8 December. View Cardinal Collin’s testimony on the CCCB’s YouTube channel at : https://youtu.be/v9EXwr1dC_s or below:

The CCCB continues its involvement with the Coalition for Conscience and Expression, which aims are to advocate for reasonable amendments to Bill C-6. The Coalition consists of the following members: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities, and the Christian Legal Fellowship. The Coalition is being served by Kelly W. Mitchell Consulting for government relations. The next step for the Coalition is its advocacy in the Senate, where the Bill is headed next.

News item: “Catholic Bishops are concerned that a proposed conversion therapy ban could be used to stifle religious freedom” – LINK

Contact your elected representatives to express your concerns about Bill C-6. You can find contact information for Members of Parliament at:

www.ourcommons.ca/en/contact-us

Find your MP here: LINK

Here are the names of the Saskatchewan representatives in the Senate and their e-mail addresses:

Mail may also be sent postage-free to any senator at the following address: Name of senator, The Senate of Canada, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A4