ChristianGovernance eletter – January 16, 2013
“Quebec to legalize assisted suicide,” the media is reporting. They note that, to get around the criminal code ban on murder, the province is going to redefine assisted suicide as a health issue. This is also how Canadian provinces define abortion.
The author of the special article below for the Montreal Gazette, a teacher of Quebec’s religion-culture course, illustrates how dangerous the curriculum is. Not because he sounds like an evil, subversive man. On the contrary, I take his message here at face value, and it is a respectful plea for cooperation. But the point is that he completely misrepresents the nature of the course and its impact on those who sit under it. I’m not saying he does so intentionally. I think this is the result of a blind spot inherent in Humanism. He talks about how such a course is consistent with people’s multicultural experience today in many Quebec communities. But that’s not the point.
We know that there are huge inefficiences in Canada’s medical systems and we support private, for-profit health care delivery. But we get very queezy about the idea of ideology and human rights dictating the terms and conditions of medical care as in the case of Quebec, reported in the article below. That would be adding one problem on top of another rather than providing a genuine solution.
The Calgary Herald – October 29, 2010
Conservative movement in Quebec is rising
By Peter Stockland
As usual, Calgary author Ezra Levant said it best without perhaps fully appreciating the significance of what he’d just said. “The average age would not be 25 for a right-wing event in Alberta,” Levant told about 500 conservatives gathered in Quebec City last week for the founding meeting of the Reseau Liberte Quebec (Quebec Freedom Network). “I feel like an old man.”
Catholic Civil Rights League Press release – October 21, 2010
League supports SCC appeal in Quebec schools’ question
MONTREAL, QC – The Catholic Civil Rights League is pleased to learn that the Supreme Court of Canada has allowed the appeal of families from Drummondville, Quebec seeking an exemption from the province’s ethics and religious culture (ECR) course.
National Post – Oct. 14, 2010
Maxime Bernier: a true blue believer
By Don Martin
They share a party label, but Deficit Jim and Mad Max sit in opposite corners of the big blue tent. The day after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty released an update that would make a left-lurching Liberal blush, Maxime Bernier yesterday delivered a hard-right reminder to true blue Conservatives that they have at least one voice on the government’s backbenches.
Click here for a 5-minute video which talks about English becoming the international language and China being the largest English-speaking country in the world.
Meanwhile, in Canada, Quebec wants taxpayer funds from English-speakers for their nostalgic agenda to save a language that the people aren’t freelypreserving themselves because the parents want their children to be able to earn a living in the real world. How can a modern, 21st Century country continue to fund Official Bilingualism, robbing from English-speaking Peter to pay French-speaking Paul? The moral contortions required to justify such government policy are embarassing.
The Frontier Centre For Public Policy – September 13, 2010
Cut-Rate Tuition is a Bad Deal for Taxpayers: Low Tuition in Manitoba and Quebec Does Little to Promote Access
By Ben Eisen
* University tuition levels vary widely from province to province.
The Ottawa Citizen – September 8, 2010
Quebec opens hearing into euthanasia
By Charlie Fidelman, Postmedia News
Last June, Roland Rouleau waited until his wife left the house before firing an old hunting rifle twice into his stomach. But it wasn’t suicide, said Sylvie Coulombe, Rouleau’s partner, at the public hearings held by a special committee on dying with dignity in Montreal. “It was voluntary euthanasia because he could no longer stand the pain,” Coulombe said. “He needed to find a way to act before becoming a complete prisoner of his body.”
Received via email from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition…
Important update – Quebec group launches English language website.
I received an email from Linda Couture, the director of the newly formed grassroots group – Living with Dignity (Vivre dans la Dignité) now has their English website online. Linda and her team have done fabulous work to organize such a strong response to the Quebec government.