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Dopey Census Takers Out of Step

by alec on May 9, 2006

I got a note in email this morning from egale Canada, the organization that promotes equal rights for Gay and Lesbian Canadians.  It read, in part:

Egale is writing to you because the upcoming Census 2006 treats same-sex couples unfairly. We’re hoping you will take a simple action to show your support for same-sex couples across Canada.

The census form instructs same-sex couples who are married to check the ‘Other’ category at the bottom of the list of relationships, rather than checking the top box marked ‘Husband or wife.’

Egale Canada, the national organization which advances equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people in Canada, is recommending that same-sex married couples list their relationship as ‘Husband or wife’ rather than ‘Other.’ According to Statistics Canada, either response will be captured correctly as a married same-sex couple. In addition, Egale is calling on all concerned Canadians to add a comment on Page 6 of the questionnaire, such as ‘Same-Sex couples deserve equal treatment.’

Please take further action to make express your support for same-sex couples. Please visit http://www.egale.ca/census2006, and see how easy it is to make your voice heard.

 

Apparently the folks running the census missed the debate last year where same-sex marriage became the law of the land.

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Liberal Desparation

by alec on January 11, 2006

I haven’t commented on the election that’s going on here in Canada for some time.  However, two things have really been gnawing at me for the last couple of days.

The first was Paul Martin’s promise, during the debate, to amend Canada’s Constitution to prohibit the use of the notwithstanding clause.  Liberal party staffers subsequently clarified that to state that he would prohibit the use of the notwithstanding clause federally, but not provincially.  “Prohibit” is the key word here.  Martin is not proposing to amend the Constitution at all, because otherwise he would simply remove the clause.  Amending the Constitution, however, requires the support of 7 of the provinces, representing more than 2/3 of the population of the country.  As Brian Mulroney discovered, that’s not easy to get.

What Martin is really proposing to do is simply pass a bill in parliament tying the Federal Government’s hand.  And, just as any parliamentary bill can be overturned, so could this.  So, ultimately it’s meaningless.  It’s also unbelievably hypocritical.  Just a few months ago, Martin promised Canada’s church leaders that he would use the notwithstanding clause to protect their freedom to choose not to marry gay people, if a Supreme Court decision forced them to do so.  Is he now abandoning that promise?

The second of my beefs has to do with the new Liberal attack ads.  So far, this has been a pretty civil campaign.  Not now.  Harper has made a lot of mistakes in the past, but he’s also a smart guy who appears to have learned from them.  The campaign he has run has been, for the most part, a very centrist campaign.  It’s been full of ideas, policy, and vision.   The Liberals, devoid of any new thought, have turned to propaganda as the means to sway the public.  Goebbels would have been proud, Mr. Martin.

Interestingly enough, the Liberal’s latest antics have finally cemented in my mind how I will vote.  I had been strongly considering a Green vote because of my opposition to the Conservative position on same sex marriage.  However, on Friday I’ll be at the advance poll voting Conservative.  I don’t want to see another Liberal parliament.

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Tories Promise to Re-Open Same Sex Marriage

November 30, 2005

I am slack jawed at Stephen Harper’s latest statement.  According to the Globe and Mail, he will re-open the Same Sex Marriage debate, if elected. The Globe writes: Mr. Harper said he was determined to bring the legislation before a free vote in the House. He told reporters Tuesday he would not rein in cabinet […]

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Conservative Chimera

May 17, 2005

chi·me·ra also chi·mae·ra  (k-mîr, k-) n. An organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering. A substance, such as an antibody, created from the proteins or genes or two different species. An individual who has received a transplant of […]

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US Interest Groups Attempt to Influence Canadian Election

February 7, 2005

A report in the Ottawa Citizen this morning claims that gay marriage opponents in the United States are funnelling massive dollars into Canada. It’s illegal for Canadian lobbyists (or any foreign lobbyist, for that matter) to spend money to influence the vote in the US, but it’s not illegal in our country for US lobbyists to spend […]

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Why do I care?

January 26, 2005

One of my employees gave me a gentle prod the other day. He knows that I have strong opinions on the same sex marriage debate, and he commented that he found it funny that a straight guy would care so passionately about gay and lesbian rights. Purely and simply I care about rights, which is […]

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Writing to Pierre

December 11, 2004

I wrote to Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton today on the topic of same sex marriage.  Here is the email I sent him. — Pierre, I am writing today to let you know my opinion on the same sex marriage issue.  I believe that this is one of the most important tests of the Charter […]

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Straight people should get passionate about Gay Marriage

December 9, 2004

I was driving back from the chiropractor this afternoon, and listening to the debate on gay marriage that was raging back and forth on that Ottawa bastion of open-mindedness, CFRA Talk Radio. Today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the government’s proposed law changing the definition of marriage was, in fact, constitutional.  Talk about a non-event.  […]

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Colby Cosh on the Libertarian Harper

June 29, 2004

Cosh had a great piece on Harper’s libertarian tendencies.  Wish I’d read it yesterday, because I would have forwarded it to a lot of people I know. I was asked recently what my own political leanings are, because as many people know, I vote Conservative.  Why? Well, the Conservative Party is probably the best of […]

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Rosie O’Donnell to Marry

February 26, 2004

According to this CNN report, Rosie O’Donnell is going to San Francisco to marry her long time girlfriend.  Her reason for doing so is quite interesting. O’Donnell said she decided to marry Carpenter, a former dancer and marketing director at Nickelodeon, during her recent trial in New York over the now-defunct Rosie magazine. "We applied […]

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