Week of April 12th, 2021
We had fully expected debate on Bill C-6 to begin on Wednesday, April 14th, however the debate has once again been postponed. We don’t expect it to occur next week due to the federal budget being tabled and debated that week.
At the earliest, substantive debate on Bill C-6 will come up the week of April 26th, if not later.
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.
NEW ACTION ITEM: Printable, Mailable Postcard
We’ve created these printable postcard – three on a page – that you can send to your MP with a short message.
Why this message?
The message on the front says ‘a vote for Bill C-6 will send loving parents to jail.’ We chose this message because of the very real concerns that we are already experiencing. A BC father was in jail for refusing to support his daughter’s gender transition. A church in Saskatchewan is facing a human rights complaint for a sermon on sexuality, and a family in PEI might have a child removed from their home for encouraging her to consider the biblical perspective while she was actively experimenting with her sexual identity. Bill C-6 isn’t even yet law and already we’re seeing worrying trends.
Pastors express concern regarding Bill C-6:
We’ve asked several Canadian Pastors to share their concerns with Bill C-6 and the implications for their ministries.
Watch the videos below:
Pastor Tim Schouten
Pastor Rodney Vermeulen
Pastor Paul Dirks
What else can you do? Send and EasyMail!
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…
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!
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.