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e-1354 (Human rights)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Kerry Wilson from London, Ontario, on November 17, 2017, at 2:21 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Freedom of conscience and religion
Governor General
Official apology
Payette, Julie
Not Certified

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Freedom of religion is a constitutionally protected right in Canada, a fact that reflects the value our nation places on diversity and inclusion;
  • The Government of Canada, at all levels, should demonstrate respect for Canadians, regardless of their religion/faith;
  • Belief in a divine creator(s) is a foundational doctrine of many faith groups found in our nation, including the Abrahamic religions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity;
  • The Governor General of Canada, on November 1, 2017, in her official capacity made the following statement: “And we are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a random process.”;
  • A reasonable analysis of the semantics of this statement reveal a derogatory, even derisive, tone;
  • As a public figure, the Governor General serves as a role model to Canadians;
  • Statements such as the aforementioned, made by a public figure such as the Governor General, can contribute to a toxic environment for Canadians who do believe in a divine creator; and
  • The House of Commons is composed of Members elected to represent their constituents, many of whom believe in a divine creator;
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to request that the Governor General issue a public apology for ridiculing the faith of numerous Canadians, and thereby not upholding the values that help to define our nation.
Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
Conservative
Ontario
Open for signature : November 17, 2017, at 2:21 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : March 17, 2018, at 2:21 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
45
British Columbia
16
Manitoba
4
New Brunswick
2
Newfoundland and Labrador
1
Nova Scotia
12
Ontario
145
Prince Edward Island
2
Quebec
8
Saskatchewan
6
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