Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is calling for an immediate ban on “conversion therapy” for Alberta’s children. We will not support the NDP Government’s proposal to study the issue until July 2019.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals condemn this delay by the NDP Government. Alberta’s youth cannot wait another five months for an NDP committee to reach the conclusion that is obvious to most people in this province. What further input is needed to convince this Government? We must act now.
“This ban absolutely must be implemented before the next election. The NDP Government committee proposal is a sham designed to string along stakeholders and concerned Albertans. The NDP are willing to delay any meaningful decision in a desperate attempt to turn this into an election issue. This could put vulnerable children at risk.”
Alberta Liberal candidate for Lethbridge-East, Devon Hargreaves, said, “This is a cynical move on the part of the NDP Government to exploit this issue for political gain. They’ve had four years to ban “conversion therapy.” They had legislation ready to table in November. They did nothing.”
As an LGBTQ2S+ advocate Hargreaves was the driving force behind a federal petition recently tabled in Parliament calling for a federal ban on “conversion therapy.”
Hargreaves continued, “As one concerned Albertan, I was able to move this issue to a national stage and begin a meaningful conversation. The NDP Government with all its resources is willing to delay a decision until after the election even though it can draw on existing legislation in Ontario. If a Jason Kenney Government takes power this ban will not be put in place. We cannot take that chance.”
Khan stated, “Conversion therapy is a hateful practice rooted in homophobia. Alberta Liberals have been calling for a ban since 2016. We are prepared to act now”.
Khan continued, “We ask the NDP Government to provide us a private member’s bill in the Spring Session of the Legislature. Alberta Liberals will use that opportunity to table a bill to ban “conversion therapy”. Alberta Liberals will step up to protect Alberta youth.”