Week of Feb 22nd, 2021
The House of Commons committee has finished its study of Bill C-6. This week, ARPA staff have organized numerous meetings with MPs, urging them not only to vote against the bill at Third Reading but to also speak out publicly against the bill. The House of Commons is not meeting next week, but we fully expect the final debates on the bill to take place soon after they reconvene on March 8th.
ARPA Canada has shared concerns about the implications of Canadian Federal Bill C-6 – An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Conversion Therapy), which is currently being debated in parliament.
A major flaw of conversion therapy bans is that they lump together body-affirming counselling with other out-dated, harmful forms of conversion therapy.
ARPA staff have been holding meetings with MPs from all parties, but we need your help to let MPs know of our concerns.
What can you do?
We have these ready-made forms for you to put together a hand written note and mail in to the House of Commons. You can just drop it into any envelope with the same address as what is on this form, and mail it without postage.
Don’t know what to say?
Well we have a one-page talking point document that you can use for reference. Make it one paragraph or fill multiple pages. It is up to you! Why handwritten notes? Well MPs get email quite a lot, and when they get a handwritten letter from a constituent like you it really gets their attention!
What else can we do?
Write your MP: Take fifteen minutes to write an EasyMail to your MP. Conversion therapy is not a topic that most MPs know a lot about, so your communication with them on this topic can be especially effective. This is just as important if your MP is a Liberal or New Democrat. Ask your MP to clarify that pastoral counselling, parental conversations, and professional help to address gender dysphoria are not forms of conversion therapy.
Where can I read more?
Read some of our previous articles on C-6 and conversion therapy:
Bill C-6 is rushed through the Justice Committee and comes out worse
On December 10th, the Justice Committee of the House of Commons completed their study…
Jan 17, 2021 – ‘Statement Sunday’
Bill C-6 regarding ‘Conversion Therapy’ has been moving very quickly through the various stages toward becoming law…
Federal Liberals retable criminal ban on ‘conversion therapy’ with major legal implications for pastoral ministry.
In case that is unclear, let me apply it directly to the pastoral work of the church…
Director of Law and Policy André Schutten and José Ruba from Faith Beyond Belief present to the House of Commons Justice Committee on the conversion therapy ban legislation Bill C6. You can watch the full presentation here.