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Ban Conversion Therapy Alberta is a campaign to Protect LGBTQ People from Conversion Torture

UPDATED MARCH 25th, 2022

Conversion Therapy

So-called “conversion therapy” is a pseudoscientific practice attempting to “convert” LGBT individuals to become heterosexual. Practicing this abusive junk science on LGBT youth should be banned.

 After two failed attempts, Canada Officially Bans Conversion Therapy. 

"It's official: Our government's legislation banning the despicable and degrading practice of conversion therapy has received Royal Assent - meaning it is now law," tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "LGBTQ2 Canadians, we'll always stand up for you and your rights."

This was Canada's third attempt at banning the practice nationally, with the Toronto Star noting that the bill went farther than previous versions by making it a crime to have anyone to undergo conversion therapy, regardless of whether they consent. This time, the bill was unanimously approved in both the House of Commons and the Senate.

The text of the bill says it harms society because "it is based on and propagates myths and stereotypes about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, including the myth that heterosexuality, cisgender gender identity, and gender expression that conforms to the sex assigned to a person at birth are to be preferred over other sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions."

It makes it a criminal offense to cause someone to undergo conversion therapy, promote or advertise the practice, receive financial or other material benefits from providing it and do anything for the purpose of removing a child from Canada with the intention of making them undergo conversion therapy in another country.

It also authorizes courts to order the removal of advertisements for conversion therapy

This legislation represents an important milestone in the Government's commitment to protecting the dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other members of the community, by criminalizing a shameful, unscientific, and destructive practice.

The Alberta Humanist Association applauds all the work done by all of the organizations that worked tirelessly around the country to push for this historic move. We will continue to monitor for any violation activity within Alberta.

This campaign is officially closed. 

 

 

 

How Did Alberta Previously Vote?

 

31 votes by Alberta MP's were cast and 19 of them voted against a conversion therapy ban. All Conservatives. Here is a list of those who voted against the bill:

Red Deer-Mountain View’s Earl Dreeshen and Red Deer-Lacombe’s Blaine Calkins

 

Lethbridge MP:  Rachael Harder

Foothills: John Barlow

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Calgary Heritage Mr. Bob Benzen

 

St. Albert—Edmonton: Mr. Michael Cooper

 

Edmonton Griesbach: Mr. Kerry Diotte

 

Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan: Garnett Genuis

 

Calgary Shepard: Tom Kmiec

 

Battle River—Crowfoot: Damien Kurek

Calgary Midnapore: Stephanie Kusie

 

Sturgeon River—Parkland: Dane Lloyd

Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner: Glen Motz

 

Bow River: Martin Shields

 

Yellowhead: Gerald Soroka

 

Lakeland: Shannon Stubbs

 

Peace River—Westlock: Arnold Viersen

 

Grande Prairie—Mackenzie: Chris Warkentin

 

Fort McMurray—Cold Lake: David Yurdiga

 

Banning Conversion Therapy in Alberta was 1 of 3.5 campaigns that we are currently launching. 

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SENATOR PATTI LABOUCANE-BENSON
Province: Alberta (Alberta)
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Telephone: 613-943-8282
Email: Patti.LaBoucane-Benson@sen.parl.gc.ca  vCard
Staff: Gorsche, Madison; Bédard, Sylvie
Personal Website: http://senlaboucanebenson.sencanada.ca/

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SENATOR SCOTT TANNAS
Province: Alberta (Alberta)
Affiliation: Canadian Senators Group
Telephone: 613-943-2240
Email: scott.tannas@sen.parl.gc.ca  vCard

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SENATOR DOUGLAS BLACK
Province: Alberta (Alberta)
Affiliation: Canadian Senators Group
Telephone: 613-996-8757
Fax: 613-996-8862
Email: doug.black@sen.parl.gc.ca  vCard
Staff: Mason, Kevin; Komarnicki, JoAnna
Personal Website: http://dougblack.ca/

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SENATOR PAULA SIMONS
Province: Alberta (Alberta)
Affiliation: Independent Senators Group
Telephone: 613-943-8242
Email: Paula.Simons@sen.parl.gc.ca  vCard
Staff: Wagner, Cynthia; Charnalia, Ameya
Personal Website: http://senatorpaulasimons.ca/en/

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