Sunday, July 1, 2012

On Canada Day let's pray for religious freedom

(Please note: Everyday for Life Canada shares this entry for Canada Day from one of our readers Jackie Guerron. We thank her for allowing us to post this article.)

On Canada Day is the perfect day to be united in defending our rights as voters, as tax payers and in reminding ourselves to keep our governments accountable; we need justice for all and a transparent, democratic governance for OUR Canada. Only with this truth can we can continue to celebrate, "The True North Strong and FREE." Most importantly on Canada Day, let's pray that God will help Canada rebuild its religious freedom and the protection of parental rights in education. For only God can truly keep "our land glorious and free."

The recent passage of Christophobic and anti-parental laws in Ontario and the rest of Canada, should be wake up call for us to get involved in our communities and never to assume our municipal, provincial and federal representative are actually representing us, the hard working voter and our moral values. Participatory democracy requires the citizenry to participate. Elected representatives too often have their own agenda driven by self-interest, party politics, power and money. Let's resolve to help politicians who actually have integrity, respect for life issues, and with beliefs that help to build the Common Good for all. If we don't, we will lose our religious freedom and our rights as parents to protect the innocent souls of our children and grandchildren. This is what so many faithful and loyal Canadians believed in, lived for and even died for in our the last 145 years.
Here's a little Canadian history: "The winter of 1837–38 saw rebellion in both of the Canadas, with the result they were rejoined as the Province of Canada in 1841. This was reversed by the British North America Act in 1867 which established the Dominion of Canada. Initially, on 1 July 1867, there were four provinces in confederation as “One dominion under the name of Canada”: Canada West (former Upper Canada; now, Ontario), Canada East (former Lower Canada; now, Quebec), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Title to the Northwest Territories was transferred by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1870, and the Province of Manitoba was the first created out of it, and the first province created by Ottawa instead of London, in 1870. British Columbia joined confederation in 1871, followed by Prince Edward Island in 1873. The Yukon Territory was created by Ottawa in 1898, followed by Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905. The Dominion of Newfoundland, Britain’s oldest colony in the Americas, joined Canada as a Province in 1949. Nunavut Territory was created in 1999.

"An Imperial Conference in 1926 that included the leaders of all dominions, and representatives from India (which then included Burma, Bangladesh and Pakistan), produced the Statute of Westminster. The statute, an essential transitory step from “British Empire” to “Commonwealth of Nations”, provided that all existing dominions became fully independent of the United Kingdom upon its ratification by the dominion legislatures (for Canada and Australia, the federal legislatures only); and all new dominions would be fully independent upon the grant of dominion status. There were two exceptions – Newfoundland and Canada.

"Newfoundland never ratified the statute, so that it was still subject to imperial authority when its entire system of government and economy collapsed utterly in the mid-1930s. Canada did ratify the statute, but had requested an exception because the Canadian federal and provincial governments could not agree on an amending formula for the Canadian constitution. It would be another 50 years before this was achieved. In the interim, the British Parliament periodically passed enabling acts with respect to amendments to Canada’s constitution; this was never anything but a rubber stamp.
The patriation of the Canadian Constitution was achieved in 1982 when the British and Canadian parliaments passed parallel acts – the Canada Act, 1982 ([UK] 1982, c.11) in London, and the Constitution Act 1982 in Ottawa. Thereafter, the United Kingdom was formally absolved of any remaining responsibility for, or jurisdiction over, Canada; and Canada became responsible for her own destiny. In a formal ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the Queen signed both acts into law on April 17, 1982.
"The Canada Act/Constitution Act included the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Prior to the charter, there were various statutes which protected an assortment of civil rights and obligations, but nothing was enshrined in the constitution until 1982. The charter has thus placed a strong focus upon individual and collective rights of the people of Canada." (Source Wikipedia) 

O Canada!

Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Yes, "God keep our land glorious and free!"
Happy Canada Day to all our readers.

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