Hamilton MP David Sweet one of 63 Conservatives who voted against ban on gay conversion therapy

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Published June 27, 2021 at 6:06 pm

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Hamilton MP David Sweet voted against Bill C-6, which if passed would restrict the practice of conversion therapy.

Sweet, who represents Flamborough—Glanbrook, is one of 63 Conservatives who voted against the bill, which passed with 263 votes and is now headed to the Senate, having support from the Liberals, Bloc Quebecois, and the NDP.

Remaining Hamilton MPs — Bob Bratina, Scott Duvall, Matthew Green, and Filomena Tassi — voted in favour of the bill.

Bill C-6 would amend the Criminal Code to prohibit certain activities that relate to conversion therapy, which is defined as practices, treatment or services designed to change an individual’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender or to reduce non-heterosexual sexual attraction or sexual behaviour.

Specifically, the bill would enact new offences to prohibit causing an individual to undergo conversion therapy against their will; causing a child to undergo conversion therapy; removing a child from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad; receiving a financial or other material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy; and advertising an offer to provide conversion therapy.

The bill would also authorize courts to order the seizure and forfeiture of advertisements for conversion therapy or order their removal from computer systems.

 

(With files from Jessica Durling, The Canadian Press.

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