Bill C-8, legislation seeking to ban "conversion therapy" in Canada, was recently tabled in the House of Commons.
All politicians oppose conversion therapy in principle. But Bill C-8 proposes an overarching definition of "conversion therapy" that would needlessly criminalize normal conversations between children and their parents, pastors, teachers, counselors, and mentors about gender and sexual behaviour.
I would support a bill that bans harmful, coercive, or degrading practices that seek to change a person's sexuality or gender identity against their will.
But Bill C-8 extends far beyond that scope.
The way "conversion therapy" is defined in this bill may cause an erosion of parental rights, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. It may also limit the options available to LGBTQ2 Canadians for support.
So we should fix the definition.
Do you agree?