On March 9th, 2020, Liberal Justice Minister David Lametti introduced Bill C-8, a ban on so-called “conversion therapy”. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously directed Mr. Lametti to “amend the Criminal Code to ban the practice of conversion therapy and take other steps required with the provinces and territories to end conversion therapy in Canada.”
Canadians need to urgently contact their Members of Parliament to express their opposition to this dangerous and totalitarian bill. You can use our Action Alert Email tool to do so right now.
“Conversion therapy”, as defined by Bill C-8, refers to a wide range of practices and activities, many of which are very helpful and beneficial to people desiring to overcome their unwanted gender confusion or same-sex attraction. These practices include: standard psychoanalysis, talk therapy, reparative therapy, group counselling, 12-step programs, pastoral counselling, and even prayer and evangelism.
All of these practices, if they are geared towards LGBT-identifying individuals, will fall under the Criminal Code, if Bill C-8 is enacted.
Organizations that provide help to people struggling with gender confusion and same-sex attraction will be threatened with closure in Canada. These include the Catholic ministry Courage and the Evangelical ministry Exodus Global Alliance.
Churches and denominations that affirm the biblical view of sexuality and gender may come under police investigation, and pastors and ministry leaders could be arrested. Bill C-8 prescribes up to two years in jail for those who publicly offer help for transgenders and homosexuals who want to change their behaviour or lifestyle.
Parents who attempt to counsel their children to resist or overcome their gender confusion or same-sex attraction will face up to five years in jail. If parents refuse to facilitate their children’s request to take puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones in preparation for mutilating sex change surgery, parents will face up to five years in jail. The same penalty applies if parents bring their children to someone else for counselling.
Books, magazines, brochures, podcasts, YouTube videos, web pages, and other publicly-available resources that offer help for transgenders and homosexuals to overcome their unwanted feelings could be censored and seized under Bill C-8.
Even the simple message that transgenders and homosexuals can be forgiven and healed could be censored, if that message were proclaimed through a public medium. And those sharing that message could face up to two years in jail.
Though some claim the purpose of Bill C-8 is to prevent violence against LGBT individuals, this is clearly not the case. Our Criminal Code already outlaws harassment, abuse, and assault. Our Human Rights Code already prohibits discrimination.
Rather, Bill C-8 seems to be designed to eliminate certain politically-incorrect ideas, beliefs, and viewpoints from Canadian society by entrenching a totalitarian law in our Criminal Code. This law will discriminate against Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Social Conservatives, and anyone who holds to a traditional view on sexuality and gender. This law will also discriminate against ex-LGBT individuals. It is a form of thought-control and political suppression.
This bill is completely unacceptable in a free and democratic society. Second only to the 1969 legalization of abortion by Trudeau’s father, this is the most dangerous law ever proposed in Canadian history. It must be stopped!
Please send your Action Alert Email opposing Bill C-8 right now.