Bill C-310: Human Trafficking Tag

24 Jul 2015 Highs and Lows of the 41st Canadian Parliament

On June 18th, the House of Commons adjourned, setting the stage for an election campaign that will end the 41st session of Parliament. This is an appropriate time to look back on the past four years and see what was accomplished, especially through the lens of ARPA Canada and the issues that we focus on. Pre-born Human Rights: When the Conservatives were handed a majority in the last federal election, many Christians hoped that pre-born human rights would finally be addressed. These hopes were in vain. Although some courageous MPs stood up for the pre-born, the leadership of all the political parties in the House of Commons did their utmost to suppress these efforts.   Motion 312, championed by MP Stephen Woodworth, was the first motion that held promise. It asked that “a special committee of the House of Commons be appointed and directed to review the declaration in Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada which states that a child becomes a human being only at the moment of complete birth.” Local ARPA chapters hosted presentations by Mr. Woodworth on this motion and many ARPA supporters encouraged MPs to support it. But with the party leaders all vocally opposed, the motion died in the House by a vote of 203 to 91. Yet Motion 312 reignited a discussion that was quiet for too long. Momentum for addressing this injustice was building.
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02 Apr 2012 Take Action: Shocking Vote Against Human Trafficking Bill

EasyMail Action Item (for those with NDP MPs only): On Friday, March 30th, MP Joy Smith’s Bill C-310 was to be read for a third time in the House of Commons, voted on, and then sent to the Senate. The bill has from the very beginning received strong support from all parties. And yet, for a reason not yet sufficiently explained, the NDP rose as a block and voted against Bill C-310, against a law that would prosecute Canadians who traffick humans outside of this country. Instead of this law being passed quickly, it is now delayed in the House for at least two months and possibly won't pass through the Senate until the fall.    
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