The government will introduce a stricter bill banning conversion therapy

OTTAWA – The federal government is preparing to introduce a new, tougher bill today in its latest effort to ban conversion therapy in Canada.

The legislation, if enacted, would make practices designed to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity illegal.

The latest bill is widely expected to close some loopholes present in the last piece of legislation to tackle the issue, which was not passed during the last parliamentary session.

The latest bill did not reach the Senate before the federal election in September and died on the order paper when parliament was dissolved ahead of the vote.

It banned conversion therapy for children and the adults who did not consent to it, but the latest version of the bill is expected to exclude practice.

Justice Minister David Lametti and Gender Equality Minister Marci Ien are expected to explain their intention to change the law today along with survivors of conversion therapy.

The bill is likely to win support from the NDP, Bloc Quebecois, the Green Party and many Conservative MPs, including party leader Erin O’Toole. More than half of the Tory caucus were opposed to the government’s previous attempts to crack down on practice.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 29, 2021.

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