Communique #15 – Legislation

June 23, 2021

National Chairperson of Legislation Betty Colaneri, June 23, 2021.

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“God calls you to make definite choices, and He has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move toward personal fulfilment.” (Pope Francis)

Dear Sisters in the League,

In 1996, the governor general of Canada announced through a proclamation the declaration of National Aboriginal Day on June 21st of each year. It is a day that recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. On June 21, 2017, the prime minister issued a statement announcing the intention to rename this day National Indigenous Peoples Day.

This June 21st was commemorated with the royal assent of Bill C-8 An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s call to action number 94).

Summary of Bill C-8
“This enactment amends the Citizenship Act to include, in the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship, a solemn promise to respect the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, in order to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s call to action number 94.”

The new Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship will now be recited as follows:

“I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

Bills that Received Royal Assent:
May 6, 2021

  • Bill C-3 An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code
  • Bill C-14 An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures

June 3, 2021

  • Bill C-5 An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)

June 21, 2021

  • Bill C-15 An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Bill C-33 An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022
  • Bill C-34 An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022
  • Bill C-210 An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (organ and tissue donors)

Bills that Received Royal Assent in the Senate:
June 3, 2021

  • Bill S-3 An Act to amend the Offshore Health and Safety Act
  • Bill S-223 An Act respecting Kindness Week

I must admit that I took a second look at Bill S-223 to assure I had read it correctly. According to the bill, it designates the third week of February each year as “Kindness Week.” It is surprising there is a need to put legislation in place to assure that “kindness” is enacted. The unfortunate part is that it is only assigned to one week in February to “encourage acts of kindness, volunteerism and charitable giving to the benefit of all Canadians.” Hopefully, it will become more contagious than the virus Canadians have been dealing with!

In my previous communique, members were asked to monitor and send letters regarding Bill C-233 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sex-selective abortion). Unfortunately, the bill was defeated. The bill would have made it a crime for an abortion to be performed solely on the grounds of a child’s genetic sex. Debate took place on April 14th during the second reading of the bill in the House of Commons. Members of parliament opposed to the bill claimed it was a “trojan horse” attempt to reopen the abortion debate in Canada. This should not have been about the right to choose to have an abortion, but whether sex-selection abortion is happening in Canada and if it is, that it is unethical to do so. This was the second attempt by the member of parliament from Yorkton-Melville (Saskatchewan) to bring forth the private member’s bill.

“It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother’s womb.” (Pope Francis)

We continue with perseverance and prayers.

Betty Colaneri
National Chairperson of Legislation