I was in Montreal last Monday to discuss with the Quebec Life Coalition team our plan for 2023. Here are some of the activities agreed upon for next year:
1) The founding of a pro-life group for students in Montreal: Arpad Nagy, our director of political operations, took charge of this project. A Students for Life -- Montreal launch event will be held on January 14, 2022 at 2065 Sherbrooke. Here's a part of Arpad's invitation:
"...on January 14th, we are launching Students for Life Montreal.
We invite all pro-life students in CEGEP or university to attend. We will have talks, apologetics and networking. Come and meet other pro-life students from your school, come learn how to better defend life, come find way to get involved. Please RSVP to confirm your presence here. (If you live too far to attend but would be interested in a group like this in your area, please send me an email and we’ll see what we can do.)
Join us on January 14th, from 1 pm-5 pm—it’s open to all students or recent alumni.
We have guest speakers coming from Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) and Canadian Centre for a Bioethical Reform (CCBR), who will share about the successes of pro-life campus ministry."
2) The Quebec Life Coalition "micro-conferences". Myself and Arpad, along with other colleagues and guests, will tour the province, visiting several regions of Quebec. We will be presenting "micro-conferences", one or two presentations, giving plenty of time for discussion and networking. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to organize a conference in your area!
3) 40 Days for Life in Sherbrooke and Montreal, and Vigil 365. Brian Jenkins, our Vigil and Demonstration Host, will be in Montreal and Sherbrooke to once again organize 40 Days for Life, international prayer vigils for the end of abortion. Brian will also host, with his friends and helpers, Vigil 365, that is to say a presence of one hour each day outside a few abortion facilities near the corner of Berri-Sainte-Catherine in Montreal.
4) The March for Life in Ottawa, Thursday May 11, 2023, with an associated conference, in French. The National March for Life is an annual march to demand justice for the 100,000 children who are killed in their mother's womb each year across Canada. Abortion is funded entirely by taxpayers for any reason or no reason, up to the moment of birth.
5) QLC Pilgrimages. My colleague Brian Jenkins organizes several pro-life pilgrimages throughout the year, to various places. Stay tuned for dates and places, throughout the year.
6) Conference and Corn Roast at the QLC offices --- a moment of sharing where pro-lifers from all walks of life come together to eat delicious corn on the cob and listen to various presentations on faith, family and life , from conception to natural death.
7) Life Chain. This is an annual one-hour event, held on the first Sunday of October, in hundreds of locations simultaneously, across North America, combining prayer and peaceful protest.
8) Quebec Life Coalition convention, 2022. Our conventions are the high point of the year when pro-life and pro-family activists arrive from all over Quebec to listen to special guests and exchange views.
9) Our news service on the web and in social networks. If the mass media too often offers news on faith, family and life, which goes in the direction of death, Campagne Québec-Vie offers news from a Christian and pro-life perspective.
10) Our "Enceinte and Inquiète" (Pregnant and worried) service, for pregnant women in difficulty, will continue to help pregnant women in difficulty by referring them to material, medical, psychological and spiritual resources, for the good of the mother and child.
I hope you'll stand with us in 2023. We are counting on your faithful support!
N. B. This is the LAST DAY of our Advent fundraising campaign. However, we still have $6,239 to reach our goal for this Advent period. If you are one of the many people who have already donated recently, thank you! If you haven't already, please donate today.
In March 2019, Quebec Life Coalition filed a request with the Quebec Superior Court to have a provincial “bubble-zone” law (a law keeping us at 50 m or more from abortion facilities) thrown out as unconstitutional and contrary to our right to free expression.
You see, QLC had been present outside of abortion facilities for many years. Being close to the places where unborn babies are killed allows us to offer help and abortion alternatives to abortion-minded women, in the hope that they might choose life for their child.
One facility, the so-called “Morgentaler Clinic,” was getting annoyed at our constant presence outside their doors. Not only was our peaceful, prayerful presence a constant reminder to abortion staff of the evil of their work, we also successfully saved some women and their children from the deadly abortion procedure. When that facility moved to downtown Montreal in the mid 2010s, we followed them there. They then brought us to municipal court to prevent us from exercising our legal right to be near their facility. Eventually, they won their case and succeeded in pushing us back far enough from their building to render our presence much less visible to the staff and to the women entering their doors.
However, they were not happy with their small “victory,” as they worried that we could simply find another abortion facility where we could do our lifesaving work. So in 2016 they successfully lobbied the Quebec government for what is known as a “bubble-zone” law, which prevents anti-abortion efforts from taking place at less than 50 m from any building in Quebec where abortions take place.
As I wrote above, we started challenging this law in 2019. The corona-related situation has delayed things considerably. And now, after over three years and many hours of work by our lawyer and our staff, we have finally been given a date at which our case will be heard in court, during a trial that is to have 6 days of hearings.
The court dates are, wait for it … between November 11 and November 18, 2024! That’s right, close to two years from now, and over 5 years after we filed our original arguments for opposing the law!
The expression “justice delayed is justice denied” applies in spades in this case. But this is the exact reason why we need pro-life organizations in Quebec like Quebec Life Coalition. In the life of an individual, human justice moves way, way too slowly. But an organization outlasts any one individual. That’s why it’s important to support organizations that have proven staying power.
Quebec Life Coalition has been around since 1989, fighting the good fight for faith, family and life in Quebec. We’ll prosecute this case against the Quebec government for as long as it takes. We have obtained funding to pay the legal fees for the case, but we are grateful for anything you can contribute to help us continue our sidewalk counselling, our vigils, and our street outreach. We want to keep the streets saturated with our message of hope and Life, while abortion facility owners want us off the streets for good.
We have only one week left to collect the 10,530$ that remains to reach our goal for this Advent season. If you are one of the many who have already given recently, thank you! If you haven’t already, consider a donation today.
I want to share with you a message my colleague Jack Fonseca from Campaign Life Coalition sent me the other day, about advancing a Culture of Life in Canada. In this particular email message, Jack wrote about one of the main political parties in our country, the Conservative Party of Canada. He believed that we should be doing our utmost to make that party “more pro-life” by participating in the party's biennial general meetings or conventions, and I agree. Here’s a part of his message:
"The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is where Campaign Life Coalition, together with pro-lifers across Canada, has made progress in advancing pro-life policies over the years, by participating in biennial policy conventions.
This work has been slow, required patience and much tenacity. But it has paid off in terms of inching the party ever closer to becoming pro-life. For example…
• In 2021, the party’s most recent National Policy Convention which was held virtually because of lockdowns, the pro-life movement succeeded in passing a pro-adoption policy which committed to supporting, “a National Adoption Strategy including an awareness campaign to promote domestic adoption.”
• At the 2018 National Policy Convention held in Halifax, we helped pass a policy resolution to support legislation to guarantee neonatal care for babies who are born alive, such as those who survive botched abortions.
• In the 2016 National Policy Convention in Vancouver, we helped pass a policy resolution which condemned sex-selective abortions. Still today, this is the official policy of the CPC.
• Also at the 2016 Convention, our pro-life delegates helped to enshrine a pro-life statement into the party’s official constitution document, as a core principle of the CPC. It affirms: “A belief in the value and dignity of all human life”.”
Jack goes on to give important news: The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) will be holding its next National Policy convention in Quebec City, on September 7th through the 9th, 2023. That’s right in Quebec Life Coalition’s backyard!
You must be aware, whether you’re a fan of the CPC or not, that the leftist, pro-abortion and pro-LGBT “red Tory” elements of the Conservative Party are absolutely licking their chops at the idea that a CPC policy convention will be held in such a “progressive” place as Quebec, where abortion is hardly an issue and LGBT “values” reign. Anyone interested in the future of the CPC and by extension, Canada (since the CPC regularly alternates with the Liberals for power) has an interest in making sure pro-life voices are heard at that convention!
Out of love for the unborn, for families and for God, we at Quebec Life Coalition will be doing everything we can to make sure that those supporters of ours who feel called to join the CPC do so, right now, if they haven’t already. They should also seek a position on their local riding or Electoral District Association (EDA) board.
Also, in the coming months, we will be working to finding pro-life people to become delegates to this important September 2023 convention:
1. We will recruit to populate CPC riding associations (EDAs) with pro-lifers, or identify current EDA members who are pro-life.
2. Provide these recruits with good policy suggestions, which they can promote at the EDA level.
3. Get some of these recruits to become delegates to the 2023 CPC convention in Quebec City
4. Of these pro-life EDA recruits, some will be solicited and trained to run for National Council of the Conservative Party, a very important organ of the Conservative Party.
5. At the convention itself, we will have booths and a possibly even a suite to coordinate pro-life activities and voting.
This important work, however, can’t be done without every single donor helping us with what they can. Yes, we are planning almost a year in advance, because this kind of work requires patient and long-term work. But none of it is possible without the donations that keep our printers printing, our computers humming and our workers paid.
We have two weeks left to collect the 12,880 or so that remains to reach our 15,000 goal for this Advent season. If you are one of the many who have already given recently, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your generosity is part of what fuels us, every day. If you haven’t already, consider a donation today. Help us here in Quebec prepare pro-lifers to participate in a meaningful way in the political process, to bring about in Quebec, and in all of Canada, a Culture of Life.
Thank you, and God bless,
P.S. If you are in the Montreal area on Saturday, December 10, we invite you to a Quebec Life Coalition conference entitled: For Love of Neighbor: The Mission of Quebec Life Coalition. I will be there, along with my colleagues Arpad (Director of Political Operations) and Brian (40 Days for Life Vigil). Come meet us!Read more
"For it is not against adversaries of blood and flesh that we have to fight, but against the Principalities, against the Powers, against the Rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of evil who inhabit the celestial spaces." (Eph 6:12)
When we fight scourges such as abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, transgender child mutilation and pseudo-same-sex-marriage, we are fighting on at least two levels: intellectually, we oppose a so-called "liberal" vision of the world, which disjoints our thinking and leads us to act badly; on a spiritual level, we fight against diabolical entities (demons), which Saint Paul described in his letter to the Ephesians 6: 12, the very ones who tempt humans into committing sins and damning themselves.
In this season of Advent, when we meditate on the coming of the Divine Child, of the Messiah whose vocation is to save all men and all societies from sin, let us pray that all people of good will who fight to life and against abortion and the other evils of our time, understand that Jesus Christ is not only the essential ally of any combatant, but, as the Magi have demonstrated, that he is also the King of individuals and nations and all communities and human organizations, and that all — corporations, governments and individuals of all cultures and all regions of the Earth — are called to gather before a poor stable to pay homage to the Son of God.
Our Advent fundraising campaign starts today. Help us to continue to proclaim the truths about faith, family and life that too many of our contemporaries ignore or reject. Thank you for your generosity.
P.S. If you are in the Montreal area on Saturday, December 10, we invite you to a Quebec Life Coalition conference entitled: For Love of Neighbor: The Mission of Quebec Life Coalition. I will be there, along with my colleagues Arpad (Director of Political Operations) and Brian (40 Days for Life Vigil). Come meet us!
The Santa Claus parade is coming to Montreal. This November 19, young and old alike will line the streets of the city to watch a procession of reindeer, elves, Santa Claus and … a drag queen? If for you “one of these things is not like the other”, then you may want to check out our petition to the Montreal Downtown Business Development Corporation (MDBDC), organizers of the annual Santa Claus Parade in downtown Montreal.
They seem to think that after two years of forced confinement, Montreal families will want to come back to an abandoned Montreal downtown core to watch a winter-themed LGBT pride parade featuring “Barbada”, the city’s “lovable” drag queen, who stirred controversy earlier in the year by touring the city’s children’s libraries with his “drag queen story hours”.
Some might consider these “drag queens” to be “lighthearted” and “fun”, but there’s a sinister side to this trend. Via these “funny and eccentric” characters, every other day in our schools and libraries, children are being conditioned into believing that men can be women, and women can be men. These lies, repeated over and over, have dire consequences on the mental and physical health of our children. In the US, as many as 121,882 children between the ages of 6 and 17 were diagnosed with gender dysphoria or confusion about their sex, between 2017 and 2021. Tragically, many of these children have gone on to undertake dangerous and irreversible hormone therapy and surgeries, which will mark them forever.
I for one have had it with every single cultural event being appropriated by LGBT ideologues and turned into a child-indoctrination session for their anti-family movement. If you, like me, would just like to have an event or two represent traditional family values, then sign and share our petition today:
p.s. You don’t have to be from Montreal to sign this petition. Montreal, and the province of Quebec in general, is like a laboratory for the rest of Canada. If they try something “progressive” and subversive here without it encountering any resistance, then they won’t hesitate to export it to the rest of the country and beyond. So please sign, wherever you are from. Let’s work together to protect our kids and stop this “drag queen” trend from ruining childhoods and Christmas itself!
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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