The Liberal’s Bait and Switch on Conversion Therapy

Written By Daniel Bordman, Posted on October 1, 2020

Update: The Bill referred to as Bill C-8 in this article since prorogation in October is now Bill C-6 after needing to be resubmitted.


The notion of conversion therapy brings up horrible images to most Canadians of an antiquated and homophobic “treatment” to “cure” men and women of their homosexuality.  Over its history there have been numerous cases of abuse, both physical and emotional, of patients receiving conversion therapy.

Most Canadians across the political spectrum recoil with horror at the thought of gay and lesbian Canadians being subject to it. This is precisely why the Liberals are latching on to the term “Conversion Therapy” to try and pass Bill C-8.

Conversion therapy on homosexuals is wrong for two main reasons.  First, it is unscientific.  There has been no proven way to change an adult’s sexual preferences.  Second, the measures taken in the “treatment” are often cruel.

However, here is where the Liberals pull a bait and switch.  In the government statement they say “Conversion therapy aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviours, or to change an individual’s gender identity to match the sex they were assigned at birth.” They added the trans rhetoric under the umbrella of “conversion therapy”.

This is what has many people concerned. While the science supports banning conversion therapy for homosexuals, it says the exact opposite about trans children, as 60-90% of gender confused children default to their biological sex by the time they reach adulthood.


To clarify, no one who want the horrible methods that some conversion therapy institutions used to be applied on anyone. The fear is that parents who seek out standard mental health consoling for their gender confused children will be charged with a crime for attempting “conversion therapy”.

The two main reason for banning gay conversion therapy do not apply to trans. Most scientific studies actually show that gender dysphoria is not always permanent.  However, the best proof to debunk the insane theory that sex and gender are unrelated, but immutable characteristics comes from the radical gender theorists themselves. 

In Canada one can legally be considered “gender fluid,” a type of gender identity that changes all the time. If there is a gender that is literally gender fluid, one cannot then argue that gender identity is not fluid.


The second point is where everyone should agree. Cruelty is bad. The government should ban certain barbaric practices that relate to conversion therapy. There should be no electroshock therapy, deprivation tactics or anything of that nature done on any Canadian children of any gender/sexuality.

This does not seem to be the Liberals priority. Instead they mean to run cover for the radical gender ideologues, and their ever-changing logic, by making it criminal for parents to seek professional help for their gender confused children from non-government approved sources. And anyone who points this out will be accused of supporting “conversion therapy”.

Daniel Bordman

Daniel is the host of political satire show Uninterrupted, runs multiple podcasts and has written for a variety of publications. Daniel is also the communications coordinator of the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation. You can find him on Twitter here. Uninterrupted on YouTube

2 responses to “The Liberal’s Bait and Switch on Conversion Therapy”

  1. Ann says:

    So let’s clarify. Science has actually NOT agreed that ‘sexual orientation change therapies’ are harmful; nor are they ineffective. The exact opposite is true. Recent science (as well as 100 years of research on this subject) shows that there is much success and very little harm. One thing that is very important is to understand that when working with those who are seeking any kind of counselling, is that they are often extremely sensitive and can perceive harm. The stats for perceived harm through therapy is no greater for sexual orientation change than any other type of therapy

  2. Norman says:

    You have to take drugs and surgery to follow through with your gender transition. Under all other circumstances taking drugs and surgery to make you something your not is very frown upon in society.