On October 1, 2020, Justice Minister David Lametti reintroduced the former Bill C-8, now renumbered as Bill C-6. This bill had previously died on the order paper when Parliament was prorogued in August 2020 by Trudeau in his attempt to shut down the debate on the WE Charity fiasco. Unfortunately, this new Bill C-6 includes the same outrageous provisions included in its predecessor.
Incredibly, Bill C-6 provides that a jail term of up to five years could be brought against anyone, whether parent, pastor, or healthcare provider, who counsels a child under 18 years of age to change from his/her homosexual/lesbian orientation or counsels against a child’s wish to transition to another sex than that of his or her birth. (See detailed analysis of this bill in April 2020 issue of REALity). Any counselling prohibited under Bill C-6 is called “conversion therapy”.
In effect, the bill commands that the only legal path open to a confused minor about his or her sexuality is to retain their same-sex orientation and if he/she so wishes, to follow through with the desire to transition to another sex. Such transitions require hormone injections and surgery in order to create a pretend vagina or pretend penis (which will not function) or to undergo a mastectomy. Even promoting or advertising counselling services, other than these drastic measures, is subject to a penalty of up to two years in jail. Thus, the transition to another sex can be requested and obtained under this bill by a minor on the preposterous assumption that such a child, who cannot legally drive a car, vote, or buy alcohol or cigarettes, and forgets to take his lunch to school, has the ability to consent to a lifechanging decision which renders that child permanently sterile and which requires synthetic hormone injections for the rest of his/her life. This disgraceful bill was made even worse by the House of Commons Justice Committee, in December 2020, when it added to the bill another provision, which includes the protection of “gender expression and identity” (transgenderism). If this bill is passed, we will be obliged to acquiesce to the minor’s new identity, which includes changing pronouns when applied to the child, manner of dressing, etc. Parents, for example, would no longer have the right to call the child by the name they chose for him/her at birth. This bill, in truth, is stark raving mad.
Bill C-6 will return to the House of Commons for the third and final reading when Parliament returns on January 25, 2021 and from there will proceed to the Senate for approval by Trudeau’s biased, so-called “independent” senators.
Conversion Therapy Bill Is an Insult to Our Intelligence
The purpose of this bill is to enact into law the arguments and myths promoted by LGBTQ activists. Such myths are not based on science or facts, but on ideology. The bill only serves to promote LGBTQ interests and to prevent any contradiction or dissent from this ideology.
Further, this bill expects the public to swallow the absurdity that an individual’s orientation is definitively determined at birth and cannot possibly be the result of factors which may occur during the child’s growing years, such as childhood trauma. On the other hand, under this bill, the public is supposed to believe that a child’s gender can be changed because it is supposedly fluid. This bill is contrary to common sense and the reality of the human body’s inherent biology, natural growth and development. Nonetheless, the bill requires us to pretend that this is all perfectly reasonable and to participate in this charade by suspending our common sense and intellect.
The fact is that the medical procedures used to supposedly change to another sex have received scant medical scrutiny. Whenever medical experts have raised the alarm about these scandalous procedures, they are routinely smeared as “transphobic” by the media and by those physicians carrying out these offensive procedures for their enormous financial benefit.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Despite the hate thrown at those who reject these procedures, the truth is beginning to break through from the mist of misrepresentation and lies. For example, Sweden is doing a U-turn on the gender transitioning of children, in response to calls from experts who want to strengthen the science-based research to correct “the knowledge gaps and uncertain knowledge that has been the theme of these gender-related activities”. Finland also has placed strict clinical guidelines for the treatment of children with gender dysphoria. The guidelines recognize that identity exploration is a natural phase of adolescence and that psychotherapy must be the primary response to the child’s difficulty.
Above all else, the important factor, that should not be overlooked, is that in 88% of cases, children’s distress about their gender is resolved without intrusive transition, and that most children come to accept their innate, biological sex. This occurs by a self-correcting process involving time, growing maturity, and sometimes psychotherapy. There is no medical reason to outlaw the benefits of evidence-based psychotherapy.
Another significant fact about children claiming they were born in the wrong sex is that these children also seem to have a high incidence of other psychiatric problems, such as autism, depression, and anxiety disorders. Instead of dealing with these underlying problems, these children are being quickly diagnosed with a gender disorder and prescribed puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgery to mimic their desired sex.
Significantly, in the Netherlands, physicians do not begin treatment until two years after referral, but in Canada, a minor child can be prescribed puberty delaying drugs and other treatments after a 15 minute interview. This insanity should give Canadians pause, regardless of which side of the issue they are on.
Court Decisions Prohibiting Transgenderism
The concerns created by the attempt to change a minor’s orientation or gender, which has created so much confusion and chaos in society, were brought before two courts in different jurisdictions. Both courts have found that gender reassignment is unacceptable.
- A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Florida struck down conversion therapy laws that banned counsellors from providing minor clients with help to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviours. In its opinion, the lower court’s regulations of ordinances opposing conversion therapy cannot survive strict scrutiny because they improperly regulate speech.
- On December 1, 2020, the U.K. High Court of Justice held that puberty blockers are “experimental treatments” and that they cannot be given to children attempting to transition.
The ruling decreed that in order for children to give consent to being treated with puberty blockers, they would have to properly understand the immediate and long-term effects, including the correlation between “puberty blocking drugs” and “cross-sex hormones”; potential “loss of fertility”; as well as the “unknown physical consequences of taking puberty blocking drugs; and the fact that the evidence base for this treatment is, as yet, highly uncertain.”
The court ruled it “highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers,” adding that it was “doubtful” that children age 14 or 15 could properly understand and appreciate the gravity of the process.
However, children age 16 or older are legally recognized to “have the ability to consent to medical treatment”. As a result of the Court’s decision, the U.K. National Health Services has suspended these medical procedures on minors.
Bill C-6 must not be passed into law. We must save the lives of confused children from the harm that this bill will cause them. Moreover, Bill C-6 does not comply with Section 2 of the Charter of Rights, which protects religion, belief and opinion. So this bill is objectionable for this reason as well. Please write to your MP immediately and to the Senators demanding that they reject this offensive bill.