Thank you to everyone who has so far signed our petition against child euthanasia in Canada. Reminder: Once again Quebec is initiating the next step in Canada's race to the abyss. Dr. Louis Roy, representing the Quebec College of Physicians before the House of Commons Special Joint Committee on "Medical Assistance in Dying", recently proposed the euthanasia of infants with "severe malformations" and "severe and serious syndromes". You can read the rest of this sordid story here.
If you know someone who could sign, or haven't yet done so yourself, please read and share this petition now, as we are trying to get over 1000 signatures. And we haven't finished pushing back against this insane idea of killing handicapped babies. On top of this petition, we will soon be postcarding around Montreal, where the College of Physicians is headquartered, to inform the local population about the dark plans being hatched right in their midst.
So once again, I urge you to sign our petition against the euthanasia of infants and to have it signed around you. Let's say NO to the killing of so-called imperfect children.
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The 40 Days for Life in Sherbrooke
This fall, hundreds of communities across North America and several Canadian cities simultaneously organized a 40 Days for Life campaign from September 28 to November 6, 2022.
This fall, hundreds of communities across North America and several Canadian cities simultaneously organized a 40 Days for Life campaign from September 28 to November 6, 2022.
The 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:
- 40 days of prayer and fasting to end abortion
- 40 days of peaceful vigil
- 40 days of community awareness
I was present in Sherbrooke on the 31st day to report on this event. Brian Jenkins, who is the leader of the team, was on place to give me a warm welcome. This man spends 12 hours a day outside, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the 40 days, as an advocate for life. He takes a break at noon, during which Mr. Gerard replaces him, for the entire length of the 40-day vigil. The vigil participants vary from day to day, but Brian and Gerard are present daily.
By law, Brian and the other participants must not be within 50 meters of a facility where abortions take place, in this case the CLSC Belvédère (Local Community Services Center). So far, there have been no counter-demonstrators, whereas last year a pro-choice group of 100 people gathered against 3-4 people who were doing the vigil. Gerard shares with me that the Sherbrooke police supported the vigil participants last year, and since then they have been supported by the Sherbrooke authorities. Brian has a working relationship with the police of Sherbrooke and can count on them for their help to maintain their safety.
CLSC Belvédère in Sherbrooke - Photo: Joanne of Arc1 reaction Read more
Once again - and this is to my great shame and pain - Quebec is initiating the next step in Canada's race to the abyss. It was Dr. Louis Roy, representing the Quebec College of Physicians before the House of Commons Special Joint Committee on "Medical Assistance in Dying", who recently proposed the euthanasia of infants with "severe malformations" and "severe and serious syndromes" for whom their "prospect of survival is virtually nil, so to speak". You can read the rest of this sordid story here.
First, I urge you to sign our petition against the euthanasia of infants and to have it signed around you. The situation is serious: the holocaust of unborn children not having quenched the bloodlust of the evil spirit that animates our contemporary societies, we have "out of compassion" moved on to the elderly, the sick and now to newborns, who will now be able to benefit from "special help", from "health care", which consists in injecting a human with a deadly poison. We are now to kill born children!
Why Quebec again?
Why do some Quebecers seem to take pride in being at the sharp edge of this "progressive" spear that is piercing the politic body of the country and killing it? Because this is not the first time that someone from here has set up iniquitous laws for the whole country.
In fact, in the last 60 years, Quebec has often been the origin of the culture of Death in Canada: it has been the launching pad for both abortion (the supreme court decisions involving Henry Morgentaler, Chantal Daigle) and euthanasia (Quebec National Assembly in 2014) as well as for the rejection of religion in the public square (the so-called “Quiet Revolution” of the early sixties and, more recently, bill 21 which forbids government-funded workers from expressing their religious beliefs at the workplace, including classrooms and daycares).
The country will never be pro-life so long as Quebec, probably the single most “progressive” (read: pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, anti-family, anti-God) jurisdiction in North America, continues to lead the rest of Canada into the abyss.
However ably pro-lifers in English Canada forge a strong chain of pro-life provinces across the country, that chain will only be as strong as its weakest link. And so long as Quebec remains a most weak link, shot through with the rust of moral and spiritual decadence, pro-lifers in other provinces will work in vain.
This is not to say that Quebec is responsible for all the ills in Canada. Far from it. But in Quebec we do have a special responsibility to the rest of the country. We must do more and better in Quebec if we are ever to hope to reach our goal of making Canada pro-life.
As the proud President of Quebec Life Coalition, I solemnly pledge to do better for Quebec and for Canada. This year we have hired two more people, our reporter Joanna and our political operations director Arpad, with the help of our loyal partners Campaign Life Coalition. With your generous help, we will continue to strengthen our pro-life and pro-God presence in Quebec, for where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more!
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Lise Dufour is the author of the book: J'ai avorté... par peur. Avec Lui, espérer encore! [I aborted...out of fear. With Him...still hoping!]. This woman does not consider herself a researcher or an expert on the subject, but she is a seeker of God. She has a deep respect for Life since she came from darkness to light in a journey of grief centered on the unborn child. As she says, "Life is God's most precious gift and it is eternal."
She therefore "dreams of a society that respects Life and is not turned toward death," quite simply.
Lise Dufour at the launch of her book in Quebec City - Photo: Josée Poulin
Lise just launched her book in Quebec City on October 10, 2022. Brian Jenkins, Vice-President of QLC, was there. He reports that there was a good number of women supporting her and a warm atmosphere. At the end of her talk, she shared her testimony, and Brian called it a "cathartic" (liberating) moment. Several other women then decided to pay tribute to Mrs Dufour’s courage and shared their testimonies.
The author agreed to answer my questions after I read her book. Her book is a testament to her journey after undergoing the abortion of her daughter at the age of 30.
Joanne for QLC: Can you share with me how long you have you been testifying about your story of aborting your daughter Elizabeth?
Lise Dufour: I have been talking about it more openly since the unborn child-centered grief journey with Benedetta Foà (an Italian post-abortion psychologist) in September 2013, more than 25 years after the abortion.
I have testified on a few occasions, but it was through more personal exchanges with women that allow them to open up a bit about their own experience.
Joanne for QLC: Recently, you launched your book J'ai avorté... par peur/Avec Lui espérer encore (I had an abortion... out of fear... with Him... still hoping) in Quebec City in which you testify about your own abortion. I think that your testimony can open the door for other women to give themselves permission to express themselves. Is it common for women to shut themselves off after an abortion and suffer in solitude?
Lise Dufour: I can't answer for all women, but the ones I've met have often told me that it was the first time they've talked about it. I believe that a woman who has had an abortion quickly closes the door on this experience so as not to suffer too much from it. Does she suffer in solitude? No doubt... That is why I wrote this book. I don't know if it will have the desired effect on women who have undergone an abortion, that is, to open their secret garden. I hope with all my heart that it will, so that they can free themselves from a huge burden. Revisiting this experience by naming the feelings experienced can do them a lot of good and all the healing journeys I have participated in demonstrate this. I see women and men straighten up, get back on their feet and become radiant. They come back to Life!1 reaction Read more
Interview with Dr. Robert Béliveau, an expert in a documentary about victims in the Quebec Long Term Care Homes (2020-2021)
Dr. Robert Béliveau is a retired family physician. He is one of the experts who participated in Sylvain Laforest's documentary "CHSLD - Je me souviens" [Long Term Care Homes– I Remember]. This documentary, which has been circulating on social media networks since September 30, was made to pay tribute to the 6 700 victims of Long Term Care Homes in Quebec, who were seriously affected from spring 2020 to spring 2021.
The purpose of this production is, above all, to remember that it is our duty, both collectively and individually, to uphold the dignity and sanctity of all human life. One of the topics that was discussed in the documentary was the mandatory vaccination of seniors in Long Term Care Homes, even against their will.
In the medical community, opinions were and remain divided on this subject. On the other hand, Dr. Béliveau clearly states his position in the documentary.
"The first thing we have to realize is that we are currently in a system that is completely corrupt [...] It doesn’t mean that all doctors are corrupt. You have to take responsibility and not let yourself be blindly dictated to by others who have conflicts of interest. The NIH, the CDC, Health Canada, they are infiltrated by Big Pharmas. There should be total independence and Pharmas should not be involved at all. There are still doctors who see things clearly. "
Dr. Béliveau also agreed to speak with Quebec Life Coalition at the private screening of the documentary that took place in Montreal. The following is our interview.2 reactions Read more
Do you remember when they justified the decriminalization of euthanasia by saying that it would only be for people "at the end of life" who were suffering excruciatingly and had no hope of getting out of it? Remember how pro-lifers were called alarmists -- even conspiracy theorists-- when we predicted that euthanasia would quickly become not only a banal "suicide on demand" service, but also that it would be "offered" to physically healthy yet depressed and vulnerable people, as well as children?
If you don't believe that we predicted all of this, even in 2010, long before the decriminalization of euthanasia in Quebec in 2014, followed by decriminalization in Canada as a whole in 2016, you can take a look at the brief we submitted in 2010 to the "Special Commission on Dying with Dignity" in Quebec (sorry, this one is en français only). You will see there that we have foreseen all the disasters which today fill the pages of our newspapers. Do we have a crystal ball? No, we have only a simple desire to know the truth and to tell it. It's very little, but today it's a lot.
What happens next? How do we put things in order, how do we shut this terrible Pandora's box which is the decriminalization of euthanasia (and abortion)?
Here too we have our diagnosis and the remedy: our society is dying of apostasy and must return to God. I explained it at length to the parliamentary committee on euthanasia in Ottawa. You can read my statement here. Will they listen, or harden their hearts again? History will tell us; but no matter what they do, we'll have done our duty!
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Michael and Barbara, participants of the Vigil 365 - Photo: Joanne of Arc
We hear a lot about the importance of creating good habits for a healthy and balanced life, such as taking a walk, eating well or going to bed at the same time. For most of us, we put a lot of effort into having a better quality of life. But how many people really care about life? I am referring to life at one of its most vulnerable stages: at the moment of conception.
Every morning of the year, a Vigil is held near the Berri-UQAM metro station. It was initiated in February 2020 by its organizer Brian Jenkins. People meet to pray for life and honor the unborn. In this case, it is not just a weekly good habit, but an important discipline in their spiritual lives.
In addition to praying together, the participants of the Vigil are often approached for a discussion. Sometimes, the people that are passing by are open-minded and want to understand what the participants are saying, at other times the discussions are rather difficult or even turn into personal accusations.
I had the opportunity to attend Vigil 365 and observe the interactions that took place during one morning this week. The participants also took a moment to chat with me and explain their motivations.
Michael attends the Vigil because he believes abortion is a grave injustice. He shared this with me: "There are many injustices that take place around the world, but most of them don't happen where I live. So this is something I can and should be involved in where I live. "
As to why the group chose this hectic location to pray, he tells me, "This corner we're on is kind of a contradiction in itself. There is an abortion clinic at the end of this street, around the other corner is UQAM University which is one of the most liberal universities in Montreal, and on the other side is the gay village which promotes promiscuity."
Ironically, there is also the beautiful Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel in front of the UQAM University building, adorned with a golden statue of the Virgin Mary, which is in the center of all this activity.1 reaction Read more
Catherine Levesque published an article on October 11, 2022 in the National Post. She reports that the Quebec College of Physicians is being criticized by advocacy groups for proposing that euthanasia for critically ill newborns be made legal.
So far, Canada has refused to extend assisted dying to children under the age of 18, although consideration has been given to making it available to "mature minors". Then, in a recent presentation made by Dr. Louis Roy for the Quebec College of Physicians to the House of Commons Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), the federal government of Canada was urged to adopt a protocol to allow euthanasia of seriously ill infants.
Levesque states: Dr. Roy's organization believes that MAID may be appropriate for infants up to one year of age, who are born with "severe malformations" and "severe and life-threatening syndromes" for which their "prospective of survival is virtually null".
In the same article, Krista Carr, Executive Vice-President of Inclusion Canada, expressed being alarmed at Roy's recommendation that Canada legalize euthanasia for children with disabilities under the age of one.
Mrs. Carr added: "Canada cannot begin killing babies when doctors predict there is no hope for them. Predictions are far too often based on discriminatory assumptions about living with a disability. "
She also said: "An infant cannot consent to their own death. That isn't MAID, it's murder. And providing MAID to a person who cannot consent is a standard that is wildly dangerous for all persons with intellectual disabilities in Canada."1 reaction Read more
By Georges Buscemi, president of Quebec Life Coalition — Photo: Freepik
Subject: Brief ─ Special Joint Committee on "Medical Assistance in Dying"
May 9, 2022
BY EMAIL: [email protected]
Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying
Parliament of Canada
Dear Committee Members:
Quebec Life Coalition is pleased to provide the following comments to the Special Joint Committee to assist them in fulfilling their mandate to conduct a comprehensive review of the "medical assistance in dying" (MAID) provisions of the Criminal Code as set out in Bill C-7.
We are fundamentally opposed to the introduction and any expansion of MAID, particularly because MAID violates the spirit of the preamble to the Canadian Constitution: "Whereas Canada is founded on principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law." We believe that this preamble needs to be re-emphasized in our law schools in particular and in the culture in general, so that our society can reverse the strong tendency for the laws of our country to increasingly reflect the interests of the powerful rather than the expression of truth, justice and the defence of the weak.
Quebec Life Coalition is a Quebec association that works in concert with any individual or association of good will to establish a Christian society that protects faith, family and life from conception to natural death. Like the framers of the Constitution Act of 1982, we, as an organization, acknowledge that a just society requires the recognition of God ─ by individuals as well as by the authorities responsible for the common good ─ as the ultimate author and guarantor of laws.
Unfortunately, the preamble to the Constitution Act, 1982 is now considered obsolete by some, in a so-called increasingly "secular" age. Madam Justice Southin, in her 1999 decision in R. v. Sharpe, characterized the preamble as a "dead letter". An appeal of that decision and its ruling in the Supreme Court never challenged that characterization. The 1991 O'Sullivan v. Canada (M.N.R.) decision weakened the meaning of this preamble by explaining that it now has only one function: to prevent Canada from becoming officially atheist, as the USSR was and Communist China is today.1 reaction Read more
CTV News shares the sad story of a 66-year-old Lachine man who asked his doctor for "medical assistance in dying", or assisted suicide, due to the lack of care from his Local community services centres (CLSC) in the Dorval-Lachine borough.
Jacques Comeau is a retired art therapist who suffers from quadriplegia and uses a wheelchair. His disease is a paralysis that affects more or less all four limbs of the body (arms and legs). It involves the loss of muscular functions and sensations, to a variable degree, of the affected limbs. Despite his condition, Mr. Comeau is an independent and active man in the community. He drives, runs his own errands, volunteers and paints in his spare time, according to the CTV News report.
In addition, until now, Mr. Comeau had access to health care at home that had allowed him to live a full and happy life. Unfortunately, this summer, his local health center (CLSC) underwent changes that have had a serious impact on Comeau's daily life. He needs the assistance of caregivers who come 3 times a week to help him clear his bowel. However, for the past month, Mr. Comeau has been experiencing difficulties with the new caregivers, who are unfamiliar with his body and care for him incorrectly, causing him to have bowel accidents at unexpected times of the day. As a result, he can no longer function as he used to because he is constantly preoccupied with his accidents.
Mr. Comeau's case is obviously serious, but why did he rush to assisted suicide? It is because it is an option available to him. It seems that Mr. Comeau's problems, which have only been going on for a month, could be solved in ways other than by a hasty death. Moreover, if he opts for euthanasia, there may be no change in the health care system in Quebec.
In the same vein, might this man be suffering from depression because of the discomforts he has been experiencing for the past month and which would lead him to this drastic decision? Or could it be that he was influenced by the discussion he had with his doctor? If this is a case of a man who is otherwise active, but chooses assisted suicide, we are witnessing a society that is not solving the core problem: that of having a better health service.1 reaction Read more