Scheer says Conservatives would support legislation to protect LGBTQ Canadians - 2019-09-30
OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says a Conservative government would "support and introduce" legislation that "protects LGBTQ Canadians," but didn't specify if that would include amending the Criminal Code to ban conversion therapy.
The promise to ban the practice—seeking to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, often through religious counselling—was a commitment from the Liberals as part of their full platform released on the weekend. In it, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau committed to prohibit the "harmful and scientifically disproven practice, especially against minors."
Asked what his party's positon would be on that ban, Scheer said the party would "support measures that protect the rights of LGBTQ Canadians," and would "support legislative changes that aim to stop the practice of people who are bullied or harassed or are threatened in any way because of their sexual orientation."