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UPDATE: At first we were thrilled to learn that the Senate was rushing Bill C-54 through and good progress was being made towards getting it passed on time. However, a source has informed us mid-Friday that the Opposition Senators have stalled the debate, effectively killing the bill. If an election is called, many bills will die in Parliament without becoming law. In particular, there is one (Bill C-54) currently in the Senate that would increase mandatory minimum sentences and make it illegal to arrange to commit sexual offences against children. It can still be passed before Friday afternoon, if there is a will from the Senators. A sample letter and a list of all their email addresses is below. One bill that we would be grateful to see terminated is C-389 (adding extra rights for transgendered Canadians). Read more details about current bills that will be affected by an election here.
Update: See how each MP voted below or on Parliament's website here Update 2: Globe & Mail's Ibbitson thinks Conservatives will stall or kill C-389 in Senate Minutes ago, Bill Siskay's "transgender rights" Bill C-389 passed the final vote in the House of Commons, 143 for and 135 against. It now moves to the Senate where it has to go through the same process as the House of Commons. The bill could still be defeated if a majority of Senators vote it down, or if an election is called before it receives Royal Assent. Although Senators don't represent ridings, they do represent provinces and you can still write them to share your concerns about this legislation. Click here for contact information. An amazing thing has been happening over the past few days. ARPA Canada's website has been inundated with visitors who made use of our Easy Mail technology to write their MPs and urge them to defeat C-389. Over 5,000 people have used Easy Mail in the past few days alone. No, that's not a typing error. Five thousand! The vast majority of these came from the Toronto area. Since every letter was CC'd to Stephen Harper and Justice Minister Nicholson, there is no doubt that our government heard from us.
ARPA Note: See how each MP voted on this legislation here. To become law, it still needs to pass Third reading vote and also go though the Senate. The longer that takes, the better. If you haven't done so yet, please make use of the ARPA Easy Mail letter to urge your MP and the Justice Minister to stop this bill. OTTAWA, Ontario, December 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Canadian bill seeking to enshrine protections for ‘transsexuals’, which has been dubbed a ‘bathroom bill’ by pro-family leaders due to the fact that it would allow men who say they are women to use women’s washrooms, passed report stage in the House of Commons around 3:30 this afternoon in a vote of 143-131.
MONTREAL, Quebec, December 2, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Canadian bill seeking to enshrine protections for “transsexuals” is a “Trojan horse” focused on “reorganizing the way we approach sexual issues,” said a noted professor and public commentator at McGill University in Montreal. According to Dr. Douglas Farrow, the bill will “undermine the integrity of Canadian law and civil society.”
Please Note: The deadline to send this Easy Mail letter has now passed. See how each MP voted here. Update: On Wednesday evening, Bill Siskay's "transgender" Bill C-389 passed the final vote in the House of Commons, 143 for and 135 against. It now moves to the Senate where it has to go through the same process as the House of Commons. The bill could still be defeated if a majority of Senators vote it down, or if an election is called before it...