Elections 2019 – Pflag Canada’s reach out to all parties

October 16, 2019 pflagadmin

Pflag Canada’s reach out to all parties:

October 17, 2019

In an effort to better understand each party’s commitment to serving the LGBTQ2S community, prior to the 2019 elections, a series of questions on behalf of Pflag Canada were sent out on September 30, 2019.

All running parties have been contacted with the same questions. As of October 17, 2019, we have only received a response from two parties. We are still open to receiving our requested submissions and will ensure to update this page accordingly.

Responses are ordered according to first received submissions.


To review the NDP’s responses to Pflag Canada’s questions, please see below:

 

NDP Response: Pflag Canada

 

1. Over the past 50 years LGBTQ2S rights have evolved in Canada. Unfortunately human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity, such as discrimination in healthcare, housing and employment continue to occur all too often. What measures will your government implement to ensure that LGBTQ2s rights are truly a reality in Canada?

Although Canada has made important strides in upholding LGBTQI2S+ rights, there is more work to be done to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S+ Canadians and make Canada a country where everyone can live free from hate and bias.

One of the most significant setbacks of recent years is the Liberals’ decision to maintain the discriminatory ban on blood donation by men who have sex with anyone assigned male at birth. We need behaviour-based screening rather than policies that discriminate against an entire sexual orientation. A New Democrat government will end the discriminatory blood ban and put in place policies based in public health evidence to secure the blood supply.

Access to gender-confirming procedures and medication can be life-saving for some transgender people. New Democrats will work with the provinces to make sure that there is equal access to gender confirming surgery across the country, and that these procedures and medications are covered by public health plans.

We can also do more to end employment discrimination faced by members of the LGBTQI2S+ community. A New Democrat government will add sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to the Employment Equity Act in order to address the disadvantages experienced by the LGBTGQ2+ community – and particularly transgender people – in finding work.

2. In 2012 the World Health Organization stated that LGBTQ conversation therapy poses a ‘severe threat to health and human rights of affected person’. And in 2015 the Canadian Psychological Association stated that ‘conversion or reparative therapy can result in negative outcomes such as distress, anxiety, depression….’ Will your government take a leadership role in facilitating and promoting measures that ban LGBTQ2S conversion therapy for people of all ages throughout Canada?

When it comes to sexual orientation and gender expression, damaging practices such as so-called “conversion therapy” have no place in Canada. We will develop a national action plan to ban conversion therapy for minors in Canada, and work with provinces and territories to support eliminating this practice in all parts of the country.

3. Internationally some governments, including the USA, have rolled back LGBTQ2S protections and/or initiated anti LGBTQ2S measures. How will your government’s foreign policy promote LGBTQ2S rights abroad, both at the bi-lateral level and within multi-national organizations such as the Commonwealth?

New Democrats believe that Canada has a unique and important role to play in helping LGBTQI2S+ refugees around the world. We will establish a clear and permanent path for resettlement of LGBTQI2S+ refugees in Canada to replace the current piecemeal approach that only deals with emergency cases as they arise.

Beyond providing protection, however, we must always be ready to forcefully denounce human rights violations against LGBTQI2S+ individuals, regardless of where they might be occurring. We must have a principled foreign policy in defence of human rights, and the rights of LGBTQI2S+ will be a central element of this foreign policy.

4. In June 2019 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health released a report The Health of LGBTQIA2 Communities in Canada after extensive hearings and consultations with members of these communities and healthcare professionals. The Committee found the LGBTQIA2 communities experience numerous health inequities and made twenty-three recommendations. Will your government act on implementing the Committee’s recommendations without delay?

Yes, the NDP participated with great attention and concern in this important study at the Health Committee. We will act without delay to implement all the recommendations of the report that resulted from this study. Addressing these health inequities is crucial to advancing the rights and well-being of all LGBTQI2S+ people in Canada.

 


To review the Green Party’s responses to Pflag Canada’s questions, please see below:

 

Green Party Response: Pflag Canada

 

1. Over the past 50 years LGBTQ2S rights have evolved in Canada. Unfortunately human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity, such as discrimination in healthcare, housing and employment continue to occur all too often. What measures will your government implement to ensure that LGBTQ2s rights are truly a reality in Canada?

To ensure LGBTQ2S rights are a reality in Canada, the Green Party will:

●  Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize expansion of mental health and rehabilitation services, reduction in wait times, access to safe abortion services and access to gender-affirming health services such as hormones, blockers, and surgery.

●  Repeal all federal laws and policies that are discriminatory on the grounds of sexuality, including Section 159 of the Criminal Code, and that refer to intersex reality as a defect, aberration, or by any other derogatory terms.

●  Establish a funding program within Health Canada to support community-based organizations offering targeted LGBTQ2S youth’s mental health and well-being programs, including suicide prevention, peer support, coming out, and counselling.

●  Fund community-driven education and awareness programs that lead to a greater understanding of intersex realities and the diversity of sexualities and gender identities, and referral programs to direct for trans*, non-binary and Two Spirit people to appropriate services.

●  End the discriminatory blood ban.

●  Ban and condemn the practice of medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children.

●  Ensure access to comprehensive sexual health care and gender affirming health care, including hormone treatments and blockers, and gender confirmation surgeries.

●  Ensure that trans*, non-binary, and Two Spirit people, without undertaking surgeries, are able to alter their sex designation on all federally-issued official documents, consistent with their gender identity.

●  Work with social services, community supports, emergency shelters and other frontline organizations to ensure that all LGBTQ2S young people are cared for and protected.

●  Ensure that the national census is designed to reflect the diversity of sex and gender and ask appropriate questions to ensure adequate, safe and effective data collection.

●  Require accessible facilities in all federal buildings, including gender-neutral washrooms, changing facilities, etc. while also re-affirming trans, non-binary and Two Spirit people’s right to use whichever facilities with which they identify.

 

2. In 2012 the World Health Organization stated that LGBTQ conversation therapy poses a ‘severe threat to health and human rights of affected person’. And in 2015 the Canadian Psychological Association stated that ‘conversion or reparative therapy can result in negative outcomes such as
distress, anxiety, depression….’ Will your government take a leadership role in facilitating and promoting measures that ban LGBTQ2S conversion therapy for people of all ages throughout Canada?

Yes. The Green Party condemns the practice of conversion therapy, and will ban it in all its forms.

 

3. Internationally some governments, including the USA, have rolled back LGBTQ2S protections and/or initiated anti LGBTQ2S measures. How will your government’s foreign policy promote LGBTQ2S rights abroad, both at the bi-lateral level and within multi-national organizations such as the Commonwealth?

The actions that Canada, under a Green government, would take towards LGBTQ2S rights should set an example for how we believe other governments should act. We will also speak out against countries that make humans rights violations against LGBTQ2S individuals.

 

4. In June 2019 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health released a report The Health of LGBTQIA2 Communities in Canada after extensive hearings and consultations with members of these communities and healthcare professionals. The Committee found the LGBTQIA2 communities experience numerous health inequities and made twenty-three recommendations. Will your government act on implementing the Committee’s recommendations without delay?

The Green Party will act to implement all 23 recommendations from the Committee within the next parliament.