The Saskatchewan Green Party has issued the following statement in support of banning the abusive practice known as “conversion therapy”.
Thank-you City of Regina for joining a growing number of representative bodies ready and willing to enact laws for the protection of some of our most vulnerable citizens.
“No one should face abuse for being who they are, and certainly not under the guise of ‘therapy’,” says Naomi Hunter, leader. “I want to applaud the leadership shown in Regina where decisions have been made to help end this coercive practice.”
Regina’s Community Wellness Committee voted in favour of the conversion therapy ban as drafted by city administration after the City of Saskatoon took historic action and implemented a municipal ban on the practice in February.
This is an historic day for the LGBT2Q community in Regina. Advocates and activists have been waiting years for federal legislation to be implemented to criminalize ‘conversion therapy’, and there is currently no provincial legislation prohibiting conversion therapy.
The Saskatchewan Green Party supports banning conversion therapy and will introduce Provincial Legislation to that effect ASAP.
“There is a growing consensus that governments need to take action to address this, and we know that a majority of Canadians support banning ‘conversion therapy’ practices”, reminds Hunter, “however, there still remains a vocal minority whose comments on this debate have left me deeply disappointed. We need to listen to survivors and end this abuse on every level.”