Mr. Speaker, over the years I have been faced with numerous situations that have tested my personal convictions and beliefs. Despite this, nothing could have adequately prepared me for the most recent attack upon one of the key moral foundations of this nation. Sadly this unprecedented attack originated here.
Earlier this week the Ottawa Sun ran a disturbing headline. The said article quoted the member for Burnaby—Douglas as saying God “is offensive to millions of Canadians”. As if these ridiculous comments were not bad enough, this member continued throughout the week to advance these outrageous and inflammatory notions.
Few should argue that we are in this place to provide leadership and representation to the people of Canada. This country has existed and flourished for over a century in part as a result of our pluralistic society's moral and spiritual foundations under God.
Make no mistake: as a Christian member of this House I will defend the reference to God in the charter, in the constitution, in our national anthem and in all acts adopted by this House. I applaud the NDP leader for her party's strong public religious reaffirmation and in light of recent events I urge all hon. members to do the same.