My friends in Christ,
Here’s hoping that you all had a wonderful summer filled with much rest and that you created many fond memories with family and friends. Now it is back to work ‘For God and Canada!’

I would like to thank out-going legislation chairperson Marilyn Martin from the Vancouver diocese for her service under this standing committee during the past 2 years.

Here are the chairpersons who will be currently serving their diocese:

Minnie Mathieu – Kamloops                      Caroline Ann-Alter – Nelson
Adina Raine – Prince George                    Theresa Weltzin – Vancouver
Gerry Heywood – Victoria

Thank you for stepping out in faith. If there is anything I can help you with while you are serving in this portfolio, please feel free to contact me at any time.

FEDERAL ELECTION:
The Writ has been dropped! Our federal election takes place on Monday, October 21, 2019. From www.plant.ca, the ‘Three things that change when the writ is dropped’:

  1. The official election begins – the formal campaign begins with candidates meeting their voters and promoting their platforms.
  2. The rules change – candidates and parties must abide by spending limits as laid out at Elections Canada
  3. Government functions are stable yet stalled – Government does not stop functioning during the time leading up to the election; the activity slows down. Decisions will be put on hold until after the election when the new government will be sworn in.

During this next 5 weeks, please take the time to get to know the candidates running in your riding. Find out where they stand on important issues, ask questions, attend debates, rallies, town hall meetings, read the material that will fill your mailbox/inbox, spend time with the candidates. Make an informed decision.

If you attended the provincial convention you heard Alissa Golob from RightNow speak on ‘Pro-Life Politicians – How to elect them.’ As I said when I introduced Alissa, their Mission is: ‘RightNow exists to nominate and elect pro-life politicians by mobilizing Canadians on the ground level to vote at local nomination meetings, and provide training to volunteers across the country to create effective campaign teams in every riding across Canada. It is only when we have a majority of pro-life politicians in our legislatures, that we’ll see pro-life legislation passed in our country.’ You can get more information at their website, www.itstartsrightnow.ca and how you can get involved.

RESOLUTION 2019.02

At the national convention in Calgary, resolution 2019.02 Canadian Support for the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons under the Legislation standing committee, was brought forth by the Ontario Provincial Council and passed. The

Action Plan:

  1. Hold a speaker presentation to inform members of the necessity of banning nuclear weapons and of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  2. Provide a list of websites and printed materials to members to increase knowledge of the hazards of nuclear warfare.
  3. Write letters to the prime minister and local members of parliament indicating support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  4. Monitor the federal government’s response to this resolution.

VAPING
I mentioned in Memo #3 and Communiqué #4 information relating to Bill 210 Tobacco and Vapour Products Control {Vulnerable Adolescents Protection from E-Cigarettes (VAPE)} Amendment Act, 2019 (Provincial) that MLA, Todd Stone has brought forward to the provincial government and it had its first reading on April 11, 2019. With the 6th reported death in the United States, related to vaping, (and nearly 500 more people reported with serious respiratory illnesses across 42 states) health officials in Canada have been prompted to demand urgent action. Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s Medical Health Officer will ask the Board of Health on Monday, September 16th to look at vaping more strongly along with a recommendation to require plain and standardized  packaging on vaping products. One of Canada’s leading experts on smoking cessation, Dr. Andrew Pipe, says it is time that Health Canada acts effectively to address this issue. (www.ottawa.ctvnews.ca)  Here’s hoping that Mr. Stone’s Bill 210 can move forward when the provincial reconvenes on October 7, 2019.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel guide you always,

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Doherty
BC and Yukon Provincial Legislation Chairperson