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View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
The NDP-11 amendment proposes to add the word “promotes” so that it says, “promotes or advertises an offer to provide conversion therapy”. Mr. Garrison has already explained the terms and that promoting or advertising the provision of conversion therapy would be an offence. Accordingly, this amendment would ensure that the advertising offence protects against discriminatory public messaging as comprehensively as possible.
I therefore support this amendment.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair. Thanks a lot.
Thank you very much to the witnesses for your valuable input on this very delicate issue.
My question is for Erika Muse, who has already gone through the statement declaring that she was the victim of this therapy.
Thank you very much for the testimony. The issue before us today is very important, one that will affect Canadians from coast to coast to coast. I have heard from some critics that conversion therapy isn't an issue in Canada, but I don't believe that to be true. Even one Canadian being subject to this abhorrent practice is wrong.
Can you comment on the prevalence of this practice and why the legislation is a necessity?
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Okay.
I do agree that it will affect the LGBTQ people in a broad way.
What is your position when it comes to the question of children?
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
I personally don't believe that it is morally right to push someone for conversion therapy.
At the same time, I asked the same question of Minister Bardish Chagger, who was here the day before yesterday for the statement. [Inaudible—Editor] in the community, which is diverse and inclusiveness, is there in our community.
Anyone can answer. Perhaps Mr. Jack Saddleback can answer this one regarding the question of morality included in these type of therapies.
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
My question is for Minister Chagger. Minister, there are hundreds upon hundreds of heartbreaking testimonies from young and older men about their journey through and eventually out of conversion therapy. These stories tell of the devastating consequences of the practice of this therapy, which range from depression to suicidal thoughts. In fact, the interim result of the 2019-20 survey shows that sexual orientation, gender identity and depression changes, at first, are affecting this.
The bill before us is perhaps one of the most progressive pieces of legislation by any government to ban, criminalize and eliminate these deplorable activities, and it was about time.
However, Minister, let me ask you one question: How confident are you that this legislation is really what is needed at this time to tackle the practice of conversion therapy?
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Thank you, Minister.
I really agree with you on all these things. Morally, it's not good to have these types of conversion therapies.
Can you leverage more on the moral aspect of the bill, and who is included in this law to be considered?
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Minister, do you think this bill against conversion therapy will bring some changes to the morality of the people who want to do this and who are going for conversion therapy? Are they going to be morally taught not to do this thing, that it's not good in society?
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair. Those were all my questions.
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
No, not clearly.
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
It's not very clear, Madam Chair.
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I'm glad to see the CNA appearing on this matter. The CNA has recommended the inclusion of a provision for an additional period of review by a committee after five years. Why is this required? What do you want to say on that?
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you very much, Minister Qualtrough. I have two questions for you.
Number one, Minister, in your remarks in the House on October 21, you discussed the government's effort to engage in extensive consultation with the disability community to hear their concerns about medical assistance in dying. Can you share how the concerns of the disability community are reflected in the legislation?
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Thank you, Minister.
For my second question, we have heard from parents who have children with disabilities about their fears that their children, when they grow older, will pursue MAID because of their disabilities.
Minister, can you please help alleviate the anxiety of these parents and share how this legislation will prevent this from ever happening, and perhaps more importantly, can you please discuss the steps our government has made to create a more inclusive nation and treat persons with a disability with equity and equality?
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
View Ramesh Sangha Profile
Ind. (ON)
Yes, it's agreeable.
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