Mayor Asks Ottawa City Council to Denounce Conversion Therapy

Parliament Hill, Ottawa (Credit: Shutterstock)
Parliament Hill, Ottawa (Credit: Shutterstock)

Ottawa, Ontario, Mayor Jim Watson has asked the city council to denounce conversion therapy and demand federal reintroduction of a bill banning the practice nationwide.

The mayor’s motion is expected to be debated in early September, according to CBC News.

If the mayor’s motion is passed, Watson will write to the prime minister and attorney general, asking that Bill C-8, which would amend the federal Criminal Code to outlaw conversion therapy, be reintroduced to Parliament.

No Conversion Canada is leading efforts to ban conversion therapy across Canada.

Born Perfect is a survivor-led program created by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in 2014 to end conversion therapy by passing laws across the country that protect LGBTQ children and young people, fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety, and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices.

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