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Liberal Spokesman Opposes Euthanasia Bill

Liberal MP Alan Tonks, York South - Weston,  stood in the House of Commons Wednesday evening to proclaim the Liberal Party's opposition to Bill C-384, a proposed amendment to the Criminal Code, that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Tonks was speaking in the context of a motion presented by Conservative MP Harold Albrecht, Kitchener - Conestoga, that asks the government to clarify the Criminal Code provision against counselling someone to commit suicide. Debate in the House made it apparent that there is all party agreement to support Albrecht's motion, which makes it incongruous that there would be any support for C-384.

Tonks speech is good news as the Conservative Party has already voiced its opposition to C-384. We look forward to the defeat of this bill.


Child Trafficking Bill Off to Senate

Great news! Last night, Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years) passed at Third Reading. It is now off to the Senate.

MP Joy Smith, who introduced the bill stated the following in a press release,

Today’s support for Bill C-268 reveals a clear indication that the majority of Members of Parliament understand the necessity of ensuring the traffickers of minors receive sentences that reflect the severity of this grave offence. Traffickers need to know that we will not accept the exploitation and sale of our children and any attempts to do so will be met with stiff consequences.



How will 'David T. Little and Her Majesty the Queen' be Applied?

Jennifer Leddy brought this case to my attention as she provided a brief summary of it in her firm's newsletter. The final sentence is cause for reflection:


On August 20, 2009 the New Brunswick Court of Appeal held that freedom of religion under the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms does not protect those who refuse to file income tax returns, because certain government programs are contrary to their religion.  In the case of David T. Little and Her Majesty the Queen, the appellant refused to file his income tax return, and by implication pay taxes because he opposed abortion and the funding of abortion on the grounds of religion.




 It will be interesting to see how this case is applied to health care workers who refuse to participate in medical procedures or offer medical services that are contrary to their religion or conscience.


Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide: A Parent's Letter to her Children

Barbara Kay wrote an interesting article recently about Bill C-384. Here's an excerpt:


My dear family,

As I write to you in September 2009, I am still physically healthy. But since I expect to die in Netherlands-wannabee Quebec, let me be perfectly clear about my wishes in the event that euthanasia has been decriminalized by the time I am suffering a terminal illness, or am languishing in what appears to be intractable chronic pain.

I do not want to be bumped off. I can't state the case more unequivocally than that. I don't care if I am a "burden" to you (you were once to me, that's how life works)...


Read more here.


Final Hour of Debate for Human Trafficking Bill Next Week

The EFC has publicly endorsed Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentences involving trafficking of persons under the age of 18) that is currently before the House of Commons.

The amended Bill C-268 was reported back to the House of Commons for Third Reading on June 9th. On September 15th, Bill C-268 was debated in Report Stage at Third Reading.  Bill C-268 will receive its final hour of debate on September 29, 2009. On September 30, the bill will be voted on at Third Reading. If successful, it will then proceed to the Senate.

For more information about Human Trafficking, visit our website and view the video below.

The EFC released a report on human trafficking on April 17, 2009. A PDF version is available online.

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