Good news for social conservatives from Alberta and Ontario

There’s always more than enough bad news to go around, so here’s some refreshing good news for a change.

In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney just released three pro-life policies in the Throne Speech. First, patients facing end-of-life decisions must be told about life-affirming options rather than simply offered assisted suicide, with the Albertan government working towards improving palliative care and keeping individuals in their homes and communities for the end of life. Many in Canada are choosing assisted suicide because they feel it is the best of a series of awful options, and so this policy is genuinely meaningful.

Alberta will also be offering three days bereavement leave for those who have suffered the miscarriage or stillbirth of a child, recognizing the grief that accompanies the loss of unborn children. And finally, Kenney will also be working to increase and expand prenatal benefits for mothers. This, too, is a recognition of pre-born children by the Albertan government.

As I noted earlier, Conservative MP Kelly Block has put forward a bill to protect conscience rights for healthcare workers, a law that is desperately needed in Canada. This will create an invaluable discussion that pro-life groups such as Canadian Physicians for Life are eager to contribute to.

And finally, Ontario MPP Sam Oosterhoff has put forward a private member’s bill called the “Protecting Ontario’s Religious Diversity Act.” From his website:

“Adding religious expression to the Ontario Human Rights Code as prohibited grounds for discrimination will provide a meaningful tool for people of faith across Ontario who have been targeted or discriminated against due to their religious expression,” said MPP Oosterhoff.

“The Bill would provide additional protections in a wide variety of contexts, including workplaces, membership in vocational associations, colleges and universities and the public square. The Bill reflects an understanding of religious creed as more than private identity and supports the importance of public expression of faith without fear. As cited in the executive summary of the Human Rights and Creed Research and Consultation Report, published by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 2013, the duty to accommodate creed beliefs and practices is well established in Ontario human rights law, and this Bill will build on that work.”

Organizations governed by the Ontario Human Rights Code have a responsibility to provide services, programs and employment systems inclusively so that all Ontarians can equally benefit and take part in them.

These are a few examples of why it is important to elect Christian politicians. We may not agree with them all the time, but they are working behind the scenes and in public to ensure that conscience rights and religious liberty are protected. Oosterhoff’s bill in particular would be an important protection for people of faith in Ontario.

So, the message for today: Be encouraged. Despite all of the bad that’s happening, there’s good, too. We should be grateful for it.

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