Bills and Motions

19 Nov 2009 Albrecht’s Motion 388 Passes Unanimously!

ARPA Note: It is very good news to see the huge support for Motion 388. Mr. Albrecht kindly did a video interview with ARPA Canada about this issue, encouraging everyone at our recent events to contact their MP in support of it. The passing of this is especially encouraging given the private member's bill in our House of Commons that proposes to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Consider sending a note to Mr. Albrecht, thanking him for his efforts with this motion ([email protected]).  By Linda Nguyen, Canwest News Service, Nov...

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06 Nov 2009 Update on Euthanasia Bill From Alex Schadenberg

Report from Ottawa - By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition There have been an incredible number of changes and articles over the past few days concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. First: Francine Lalonde (Bloc MP) has now traded her date for the second hour of debate on C-384 twice. C-384 is the bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. The original date for the second hour of debate was Monday Nov 16. A couple of days ago we learned that she had traded with another Bloc MP to move the date back to Nov 19. Yesterday we learned that she traded with another Bloc MP to move the date back to Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30pm with the vote taking place on December 2nd. The protest by disability rights advocate Steven Passmore will now be on December 1st from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
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27 May 2009 Motion Introduced to Take Action Against Online Suicide

With a bill having been introduced only weeks ago that, if passed, would legalize assisted suicide and decriminalize euthanasia, Member of Parliament Harold Albrecht has introduced a motion (M-388) that urges action against those who counsel or assist in suicides, specifically targeting those suicides that are promoted through the internet. This comes after a number of stories involving individuals who were encouraged over the internet to kill themselves. The motion reads "That, in the opinion of the House, for greater certainty, the government should take steps to ensure that...

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22 May 2009 Legalized euthanasia leads to no choice, ever

By Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald, May 16, 2009: Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde is at it again. Her very own neverendum has returned like a bad case of acid reflux. No, I'm not referring to her aspiration for Quebec to separate from the rest of Canada. Lalonde's second favourite neverendum is far more serious to the well-being of us all. On Wednesday, Lalonde resurrected for the third time her private member's bill for doctors to kill you without penalty, should you request she or he do so, even though both...

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13 May 2009 Bill to legalize euthanasia introduced in Canada

Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has introduced her private member's bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. It is called Bill C-384 and the full text of it is available by clicking here.Important Action Item: Write to, phone, or meet with your MP to urge them to reject this bill. If you are writing a letter or email, be sure to CC our Justice Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice as well as the Prime Minister.  Click here for a complete analysis of this bill including three sample letters from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition . If you are looking for some resources to help inform you about the issue, read this excellent resource from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. It is slightly dated (it refers to previous legislation) but is still relevant today because this bill is very similar and the fundamental issues remain the same.
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26 Aug 2008 Conservative Party of Canada Kills Unborn Victims of Crime Act with Gutless Alternative

ARPA Update> Read Ken Epp's response here. Read the Globe and Mail's surprisingly reasonable opinion piece about this here. By John-Henry Westen - OTTAWA, August 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In news which came as a shock within and without the Conservative Party of Canada this afternoon, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has announced that the Conservative Government will introduce legislation to bolster penalties for those who assault pregnant women. The legislation will in effect kill the Unborn Victims of Crime Act, a private members bill with wide public and legislative support that would have recognized in law the separate life of unborn children - at least those who are 'wanted' or intended by the mother for birth.
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27 Jun 2008 Northwest Territories passes motion in support of equal parenting and Vellacott’s Motion M-483

For Immediate Release - June 27, 2008 OTTAWA – The Northwest Territories has demonstrated its pioneering spirit by paving the way for equal parenting in Canada. Guided by the leadership of Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay, the Legislature of the Northwest Territories, on June 19, passed a motion to affirm the importance of "equal parenting" as in the best interests of children even in cases of marriage breakup and family dissolution. This guiding principle of course recognizes exceptions in cases of proven child abuse or neglect. In speaking to his motion, Ramsay said, "I believe strongly that both parents should be involved in the upbringing of a child. If you look around the world, the movement is going to a default system of equal, shared parenting so that both parents in separation and divorce have equal access to children."The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 11 to zero, with seven abstentions. The Cabinet abstained, but Ramsay, noting that they did not vote against the motion, is confident that, with further study, they will come down strongly in favour of equal shared parenting.
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24 Jun 2008 Canadian MP Introduces Bill to Legalize Euthanasia Again

Action Item: ARPA Canada readers may remember the article "Euthanasia on the Horizon" which warned of this development. It includes a list of suggested action items. Also, for an analysis of Bill C-562 and for purchasing post cards to send to your MP in response to it, go to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's website. By John Jalsevac - OTTAWA, ON, June 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has made good on her promise to resurrect a bill that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia in Canada. Lalonde's previous attempt to legalize euthanasia failed after her proposed bill, Bill C-407, died on the table when an election was called in December 2005. Shortly after Bill C-407 died, Lalonde expressed her intention to continue pursuing the legalization of euthanasia in Canada. Her latest attempt to do so was unveiled on June 12, in the form of Bill C-562, a slightly revised version of C-407.
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16 May 2008 Pro-Abortion Liberal Introduces Bill to Counter Unborn Victims of Crime Bill

By Hilary White OTTAWA, May 15, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Women for Women’s Health has reacted strongly against an effort by a Liberal MP in the Canadian House of Commons who has put forward a bill intended to halt the Unborn Victims of Crime bill, C-484. MP Brent St. Denis moved to introduce a private members’ bill, C-543, saying that C-484 “left too many unanswered questions and too many doors were left open.”
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18 Apr 2008 Vellacott re-introduces Private Member’s Bill to protect conscience rights of health care workers

For Immediate Release - April 16, 2008 OTTAWA – Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) today re-introduced his Private Member’s Bill that would protect the conscience rights of Canada’s health care workers. This is the third time Vellacott has introduced a bill to protect health care workers’ conscience rights. “I hope that the Canadian Parliament will eventually pass this kind of a common sense measure that would protect the freedom of choice for all health care workers,” said Vellacott.Introducing the bill in Parliament this afternoon, Vellacott said:"Mr. Speaker, the bill would prohibit coercion in medical procedures that offend a person's religion or belief that human life is inviolable. The bill seeks to ensure that health care providers will never be forced to participate against their will in procedures such as abortions or acts of euthanasia.
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