Letter to Members of Parliament on the Reopening of the Marriage Debate

Sunday, 17 September 2006
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The Catholic Organization for Life and Family is writing to you in the wake of the public announcement by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honorable Stephen Harper, on June 2, 2006 to hold a free vote in the House of Commons on whether to reopen the question of the definition of civil marriage.

Many Canadians remain concerned by the hasty adoption of Bill C-38 (An Act respecting certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes) on June 28, 2005, and regret that the democratic process was left incomplete on this issue.
We believe that on a matter as important as the definition of marriage, which affects the very foundation of civil society, basic democratic principles require that the Canadian people have the opportunity to debate it fully.

This is why we ask that, when the occasion arises, you vote in favor of a motion to reopen the public debate on the definition of civil marriage.

We also hope that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, which consulted Canadians from coast to coast between January and May 2003, and which heard 465 witnesses and received 250 briefs and thousands of letters, will finally be able to finish its work and present its final report. If democracy is to be well served on a matter of such fundamental importance as marriage, we need to know the views of Canadian citizens.

We are counting on your commitment to democracy and on your respect for the opinions of your electorate.


Michèle Boulva