A united House of Commons passes a liberal bill banning conversion therapy

Politics Insider for December 2, 2021 – Unanimous approval in House; praise to Erin O’Toole; and a COVID waste

Surprise move: Conservative justice critic Rob Moore proposed on Wednesday that a liberal bill banning conversion therapy be unanimously adopted, which was to ban the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation, CP reports. It was a surprise to see Conservatives suddenly supporting the bill, because socially conservative Conservative MPs had spoken out against the bill, in a milder earlier incarnation. The approval of the motion resulted in a hug and dance In the House.

Praise O’Toole: the Balloon John ibbitson write that it was a great day, and praise Erin O’Toole for handling it “wonderfully”.

I suspect MP Michelle Rempel Garner, who has fought to promote LGBTQ rights within the party for years, and MPs Eric Duncan and Melissa lantsmanThey, who are gay, must have had some interesting conversations with their colleagues. They appear to have convinced social conservatives within the caucus that they had already registered their opposition to the bill when they voted against its predecessor last spring, and that any other opposition would only pigeonhole the party as intolerant.

I see you in court: In another part of the Balloon, Robyn Urback writes, however, that the bill’s provisions prohibiting adult therapy are likely to violate the Charter.

Proponents of an outright ban will argue that it shouldn’t be legal to help people hurt themselves. But in Canada it is legal for homeopaths, for example, to prescribe nosodes, which are essentially jars of water, filled with hope and dogma, rather than vaccines for diseases like whooping cough, measles and mumps. Health Canada even approves and regulates these “treatments,” although the agency has said that none are approved as an alternative to real vaccines. And real damage is being done in these cases: Canadians are essentially being scammed into believing that certain homeopathic remedies will protect them from a variety of illnesses and, as a result, leaving them to themselves (and often their children). ) vulnerable to infection. However, the practice of offering, advertising and / or profiting from homeopathy has not been criminalized, although it could cause irreparable lifelong harm to those who voluntarily seek its services.

Test wait: Travelers arriving in Canada from outside the United States can expect to be isolated for up to three days while they await COVID-19 test results, the Globe reports. The government announced the new testing regime on Tuesday in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

More drivers: the Balloon what’s more reports that Ontario and Alberta plan to expand eligibility for third-dose COVID-19 booster vaccines.

We can do better: At Star, Bruce Arthur write that the reinforcement change is “lightning fast” and urges the province to do more, faster.

Hopefully, the news about Omicron will be positive, but this pandemic remains a social challenge, every day, and also a personal one. A powerful public information campaign on the drivers would be welcome. A more durable infrastructure over passports, mandates and vaccine delivery may be a necessity. We can do better to protect people.

Panoramic prohibition: Teresa Tam defends Canada’s decision to ban travelers from some African countries, but many experts don’t buy it, Global News reports.

Same battle: On The Montreal Diary, Emmanuelle latraverse write that the battle against COVID is similar to the battle against climate change (translation).

In any case, the same phenomena operate: scientific consensus sacrificed on the altar of partisan politics and disinformation, not to mention the failures of an international community increasingly closed in on itself. Think anti-vaccines, those science skeptics who ruin our lives with insults and stubbornness. They are a bit like the oil lobby against the climate.

Slow track: Conservatives and the NDP will not accept fast-track legislation to extend pandemic support, insisting on a review by the House finance committee, CBC. reports.

“The government is proposing new spending without accountability,” conservative financial critic Pierre Poilievre told reporters on Wednesday. “We are establishing conditions to obtain our support for this bill. These conditions must be met or we will oppose it. “

Conservatives say they want four conditions met before supporting the bill: an independent investigation into reports that organized crime received pandemic support; a full study of the bill in the finance committee, with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland appearing for four hours of questioning; amendments that prevent people who could take a job from getting benefits; and amendments to prevent prisoners and criminals from accessing benefits. The NDP also wants to see Bill C-2 before the finance committee. NDP House Leader Peter Julian told CBC News that his party will not support the bill in its current form and wants specific amendments to address its concerns.

Employee examined: The CCP called for a parliamentary committee to investigate allegations of political bias against Charles Robert, the secretary of the House of Commons, while Roberts was in the chamber, CBC reports. CBC News has reported that three top managers have taken sick leave and left their jobs because of concerns about Robert.

To seek compensation: Canadian telcos spent more than $ 700 million on Huawei equipment, while the liberal government delayed a decision to ban the company, Global News reports. With an impending rejection, Global News has confirmed that the companies have asked the federal government for “compensation” if they have to replace Huawei equipment.

Hardy Green: Acting Green Leader Amita kuttner tells CP they will be ready to be tough on party members who “have killed each other.”

The astrophysicist, who identifies as non-binary and transgender, said Wednesday that they want to “listen and love” to “heal” the party, which has been torn apart by infighting and accusations of racism and anti-Semitism. But, if that doesn’t stop a minority of Greens, Kuttner said they would be “absolutely” prepared to take severe disciplinary action under the party’s code of conduct.

COVID waste: Ontario’s auditor general found that businesses ineligible for pandemic relief programs received more than $ 200 million in provincial support, CBC reports.

Deer with COVID: The National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases has detected COVID-19 in three apparently healthy Quebec deer, CTV reports.

Well deserved: Congratulations to health columnist André Picard, who was awarded the 2021 Sandford Fleming Medal for excellence in science communication from the Royal Canadian Institute of Science on Wednesday.

Welcome to Ottawa: David Cohen, the new United States Ambassador to Canada, has reported for duty.

– Stephen Maher


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