EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Moral issues for the
A vote was held in Parliament this week asking
MPs to uphold the traditional definition of marriage. That is,
marriage being between one man and one woman, to the exclusion
of all others.
The motion was put forth by the Canadian
Alliance in an effort to embarass the governing Liberals who
are attempting to legalize same-sex marriages. In 1999, the
same motion was put forward and was easily passed by a majority
of Parliament, including most Liberals, thereby upholding the
On Tuesday night, the same motion was defeated
by a slim majority - 137 to 132 - with only 53 Liberals voting
in favour this time. This means Parliament does not agree with
the traditional definition of marriage. It also means the Alliance
succeeded in making the Liberals look like hypocritical, wishy-washy
The issue of same-sex marriage has been a
hotly debated one across the country lately. Earlier this year,
courts in British Columbia and Ontario made same-sex marriages
legal in their provinces. The federal government decided not
to appeal these ruling and rather has set about drafting its
own legislation making these unions legal across Canada.
Whatever your thoughts are on same-sex marriages,
one thing is clear. When it comes to moral issues like this,
it is not the place of Parliament or the courts to decide what
Canadian find to be moral, even though advocates of same sex
marriage feel the issue isn't morality, but rather rights.
Rather, these issues should be taken directly
to Canadians in the form of a referendum and left for them to
decide. MPs - whether for or against same-sex marriage - have
been saying time and time again they are voting based on their
constituents views. The voters in their ridings have been expressing
their views - mostly in the negative - to their representative.
But are they really?
Is it really possible for one person to know
how the 100,000 people they represent really feel on a specific
topic? Can they really be listening to their constituents if
they have received only 50 phone calls on the issue?
The truth is MPs are voting based on how
they personally feel about the issue. This is based mostly on
their religious or moral views, as this is far from a black
and white legal issue. In some cases, including Jean Chrétien
and his cabinet, it is about leaving a legacy (or a mess for
Let the Canadian people decide what they
find to be moral or not. It should not be left up to 301 individual
who claim to be voting based on the views of Canadians, when
realistically we know they are not. Canadians can decide for
themselves what they deem to be moral or not. It should not
be left up to the courts or even MPs.