As we find ourselves in the midst of Pride Month, it is important to acknowledge the resilience and spirit of LGBTQ2 people in Canada and across the world. This remains an important time to reflect on the history of Pride as a protest against violence on the LGBTQ2 community, as a celebration of strength and solidarity, and as a call to action for the work that remains to advance LGBTQ2 rights around the world.

To advance this work on the path towards ending discrimination and promoting equality in our society, Members of Parliament voted on Bill C-6, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Conversion Therapy) on June 22, 2021.

Every Canadian, and person around the world, deserves to live with dignity and respect. That is why I was proud to vote in favour of Bill C-6, to amend the Criminal Code and prohibit certain activities that relate to the harmful practice of conversion therapy.

My heart goes out to all Canadians who have been affected by conversion therapy. By voting in favour of this Bill, I stand in support with the LGBTQ2 community, their families, friends and loved ones.

I want to personally thank every person who has reached out to me in regards to Bill C-6, shared their personal stories and had conversations with me about conversion therapy. As an ally, I remain committed to advancing equality in all forms in Canada.

I am honoured to be able to use my platform as the Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora to advance this Bill, and continue the path towards equality.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament

Newmarket-Aurora