Andrew Scheer will 'wait and see' before taking a stance on conversion therapy ban - 2019-07-10
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer told Global News on Wednesday that while his party opposes forced conversion therapy, he is waiting for further details before taking a stance on efforts to impose a federal ban on the discredited practice.
Reports this week revealed that Liberal cabinet ministers had sent letters in June to all provincial and territorial ministers of justice and health urging them to halt conversion therapy in their jurisdictions. The Liberals said they would, in the meantime, explore amendments to the Criminal Code to "prevent, punish and deter" it.
When asked by Global News whether Scheer would support such a ban, he said: "This is something that this Liberal government is only now recently proposing. We will always, of course, stand up for the rights of LGBTQ individuals and protect their rights and, of course, we're opposed to any type of practice that would forcibly attempt to change someone's sexual orientation against their will or things like that. So we will wait and see exactly what is being contemplated."