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Justin Trudeau Directs Canadian Government to Ban Conversion Therapy

Dec 18, 2019

By Kate Sosin

Canadian officials have been directed to criminalize conversion therapy in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for a ban on the pseudoscientific practice. On December 13, Trudeau wrote a letter to Canada Attorney General David Lametti, directing him to work with the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and amend the country’s Criminal Code to make conversion therapy illegal nationwide.

Trudeau cited the move along with a laundry list of other policy mandates following his October re-election. The PM claimed victory this fall, even after a video of him in blackface surfaced and plagued his re-election bid. (He’s since apologized for the incident.)

The conversion therapy directive is among several initiatives Trudeau says the electorate approved by keeping him in office.

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