Ottawa - Today, Eric Lowther (MP, Calgary Centre) expressed his
disappointment that the Liberals refuse to hear from ordinary Canadians on
their same-sex benefits legislation, Bill C-23.
"Yesterday in the Justice Committee, I moved motions to have the committee
to travel to every province and hear witnesses on Bill C-23, and to have the
committee hearings televised. In both cases, the Liberal-dominated
committee voted against the motions and they were defeated," Lowther said.
"I am particularly disappointed that the Justice Committee chairperson Andy
Scott (MP, Fredericton), upon a tie vote of the committee members, cast the
deciding vote against the committee proceedings to be televised."
Bill C-23 proposes to amend 68 federal statutes affecting 20 departments and
agencies to extend benefits to same-sex couples. The bill proposes to
extend benefits based on a person's private sexual activity, while excluding
other types of dependency relationships. In effect, the bill would remove
any sort of unique public policy recognition of the institution of marriage.
"Since Bill C-23 was introduced by the government, the emails, letters and
faxes of opposition have been pouring into MP offices. The Liberals clearly
know that the more people find out about this bill, the more opposition they
will face. Their conduct in forcing this massive bill through without
proper debate and by excluding public input is shameful," Lowther concluded.
For more information, call: Eric Lowther, MP (613)-995-1127