TORONTO, ON Oct. 15, 2008 – The Catholic Civil Rights League today commented on the results of yesterday’s federal election, which saw Conservatives re-elected with a slightly larger minority than before.
While many League members and others made a point of discussing life issues such as abortion, unborn victims of violence and euthanasia proposals with their candidates, it is unfortunate that none of these issues gained any prominence in election platforms. Similarly, greater support for freedom of expression based on religious belief is much needed in light of interpretations being made in human rights tribunals, but that, too, was seldom discussed during the campaign.
While the over-riding issue of the global economic crisis will likely dominate the next Parliament, especially at the beginning, the League will continue to work for respect for life, religious freedom and support for the traditional understanding of marriage and family. Strong families are the basis of a healthy society, and support for the family should motivate policy in many areas, such as health, labour laws, taxation and education, among others.
Watch for extensive League analysis of the election the next edition (Oct. 26) of The Catholic Register.
Catholic Civil Rights League (www.ccrl.ca) assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization and has chapters across Canada. The Catholic Civil Rights League is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.
For further information: Joanne McGarry, Executive Director, 416-466-8244; firstname.lastname@example.org