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?
Religious persecution of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan has decimated a population that once numbered in the hundreds of thousands and has now dwindled to under 5000. On March 25, 2020 a terrible terrorist attack took the lives of 25 worshippers while they prayed in a Sikh Gurdwara in the heart of Kabul.
As your Member of Parliament I will always be vocal in my support for vulnerable religious minority communities. Religious freedom is an issue that is close to my heart, both at home and abroad.
I am committed to advocating for a special program to allow direct private sponsorship of vulnerable minorities. I believe that our refugee system must be flexible and effective, ensuring that the most vulnerable from ALL communities are able to apply for refugee status on equal footing. We need to remove delays and roadblocks which frustrate and hold back private sponsors.
Let me know if you agree!