December 13th, 2018
There has been a frenzy of activity on the national scene these past weeks!
Below is an overview of updates with key issues we have been tracking such as C-75, the Alberta Christian school issue, the immigration compact at the UN and the summer jobs issue.
Thank you for your love for Canada and interest in these important issues.
- MY Canada Communications Team
Manitoba Bubble Zone Bill Rejected
GOOD NEWS: The Manitoba Legislature rejected legislation that would have established “bubble zones” forbidding pro-life activists from protesting or sidewalk counseling near any abortion facility in the province.
Link to LifeSiteNews article here
C-75 // CRIME BILL
Bill C-75 passed third reading in the House of Commons December 3rd, 2018. It is now in the Senate.
If it passes the Senate it will reduce penalties (in some cases to as low as a fine) for things including kidnapping, profit from trafficking a human, concealing the body of a child and many more.
Several Members of Parliament have been warning about this bill. Please click here to see a recent Facebook video update by the Hon. Rob Nicholson.
Click here to watch and interview with the Hon. Rob Nicholson and Faytene.
WHAT TO DO NOW //
Please share this information. Please also write members of the Senate asking them to vote against this bill or amend it so that it does not include lighter sentences for serious crimes.
Alberta Court Case
PROGRESS REPORT: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is currently in a fight with the Alberta Government in defence of parental rights.
During a hearing on Dec. 3rd it was revealed that minors were taken off school property without parental consent, by “facilitators” of a gay-straight alliance club to learn about sex. In one case students were taken to the facilitator’s home.
Please continue to keep Alberta and this case in prayer.
Click here to watch interview with John Carpay (JCCF) and Faytene.
UN Migration Vote
PROGRESS REPORT: Canada signed the migration agreement Monday along with 164 countries.
“the pact is “‘soft law,’ in the grey zone … between law and politics.” Anne Peters, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Germany.
The concern with Canada signing this pact is wether or not this non-binding agreement will begin to shift laws, immigration policy, financial obligations etc.
Opposition leader, Andrew Scheer, tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling for more review of the agreement before Canada signed. This motion was defeated.
Click here to watch a Facebook video with Andrew Scheer on the issue.
Student Summer Jobs Attestation
PROGRESS REPORT: This week the government announced that it would be removing the controversial attestation in the summer jobs grants program. This attestation lead to the defunding of several charitable programs last summer and caused a large outcry from the faith based charitable sector.
Wording in the new application includes:
“ineligible projects and jobs activities” include any that “actively work to undermine or restrict a woman’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.”
This means that, in spite of the newly announced changes, groups actively working for pro-life causes will still likely be rejected.
Click here to read to National Post article.
Click here to read commentary article by Right Now’s Alissa Golob.