Recently the Minister of Foreign Affairs had no trouble telling the church not to comment on this issue, that it had no business addressing affairs of state, but of course this issue directly impacts the church. I would like to refer to what was said earlier today when the previous member and the member from Niagara West—Glanbrook spoke.
His strategy was simply to get the marriage question off the agenda during last year's election. Legalization -- authentication or certification by an appropriate public authority to make something lawful. Speaker, some 31 years ago I sat down with my father to inform him that I had made a decision to be married.
I went to seek an apartment and informed the owner that I was married and that my husband was not available to come to look at it. What of a child's perspective?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the child's right to know and be cared for by his or her parents. Furthermore, this proposed change is continuing to have a chilling effect on the exercise of religious freedom in the country.
Heterosexual couples who do not wish to have children are still biologically capable of having them, and may change their minds. It completely flip-flopped on this all important issue.
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I would like to share that response with members of Parliament. If the Prime Minister does not respect the consciences and religious convictions of his own friends and allies, then what hope do ordinary Canadians have of seeing their freedoms protected?
The court challenges program even funded the litigation strategy meetings that led to marriage being challenged in the courts in the first place. All my fellow members of Parliament and I have a duty to reflect the values and concerns of our constituents.