Legislation Communique #5

National Chairperson of Legislation Nancy Simms, September 12, 2017

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Resolution 2017.03 Zero-Rated Status Under the Goods and Services Tax Provisions of the Excise Tax Act  PDF

Resolution 2017.04 Protection from Coercion of Conscience for Healthcare Professionals  PDF

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” (William Faulkner)

Welcome to the new and returning provincial chairpersons of legislation. The awesome power of this standing committee enables the League to collectively raise members’ voices to change the earth!

2017 National Resolutions

Four resolutions were adopted at the 2017 annual national convention in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with two falling under the legislation standing committee:

The action plan for Resolution 2017.03 Zero-Rated Status Under the Goods and Services Tax Provisions of the Excise Tax Act for Child Safety Products asks members to write letters to the prime minister and minister of finance, with copies to local members of parliament (MPs), requesting the removal of the federal portion of tax from child safety products. Encourage councils to: invite a guest speaker to educate members on the requirements of child safety products; hold fundraisers to purchase safety products for those in need; study the product list in the Canada Safety Act and ascertain if any other products should be listed; and educate members, parish communities and the public on the provincial rebate for child safety products.

The action plan for Resolution 2017.04 Protection from Coercion of Conscience for Healthcare Professionals asks members to write to the prime minister and attorney general, with copies to local MPs, urging them to make it an offence under the Criminal Code for healthcare professionals to be coerced into performing or referring patients for procedures that are in opposition to their conscience. Councils are also encouraged to educate members and the community on the importance of healthcare professionals’ right of conscience and find ways to support healthcare workers who will not perform procedures that are in opposition to their conscience.

Motions

Three motions presented by legislation were carried at the 2017 national convention and read as follows:
1. That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 97th annual national convention assembled send a letter to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops expressing support of the statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops dated July 7, 2017, On the Passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression.

2. That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 97th annual national convention assembled write a letter to the prime minister expressing deep concern that Bill C-16 fails to respect the fundamental rights of freedom of religion and speech of those having different views concerning transgenderism and request a meeting with him on this issue.

3. That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 97th annual national convention assembled urge provincial councils to encourage all members to educate themselves and support the statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops dated July 7, 2017, On the Passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression as well as the papal teachings on the central tenet of contemporary gender theory.

National President Margaret Ann Jacob’s letters to both the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the prime minister are available on the national website at cwl.ca. Encourage diocesan councils to promote education of members on the third motion.

Palliative Care Petition
The 2017 League petition, requesting the federal government to specifically identify hospice palliative care as a defined medical service covered under the Canada Health Act, was distributed across Canada this spring. Completed petitions with a total of 32,741 signatures were delivered to Member of Parliament Cathy McLeod (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo). The petition will be presented in the House of Commons this fall. Due to the impressive number of signatures received, Cathy McLeod is looking into the viability of developing a private members’ bill. Thank you to the councils and members for gathering the signatures. This one gesture in legislation demonstrates how we should never be afraid to raise our voices for all that is good. Members can and will change the world!!

May Our Lady of Good Council guide our work “For God and Canada.”

Nancy Simms
National Chairperson of Legislation

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