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News update (7th,Dec,2006): MPs voted 175-123 on Thursday against aConservative motion calling for the government to introducelegislation restoring the traditional definition of marriage.
Most Tories voted in favour of the motion, along with 13Liberals. Another 13 Conservatives voted against it, joining allpresent NDP and Bloc Quebecois MPs, and the majority ofLiberals.
 
Conservatives who opposed the motion included Foreign AffairsMinister Peter MacKay, Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice andJames Moore.
Liberals who voted in favour of the motion included DanMcTeague and John McKay, who had urged Liberal Leader Stephane Dionto allow a free vote.
 
The Conservative government motion called on the government''to introduce legislation to restore the traditional definition ofmarriage without affecting civil unions and while respectingexisting same-sex marriages.''
 
Canada was the fourth country, after the Netherlands, Belgiumand Spain, to legalize homosexual marriage.
 
NewLiberal Leader Stephane Dion used phrases like "far-right" and"neo-conservative ideology" in his first question period appearanceas opposition leader.Dion said the Tories were confusing the roleof the judiciary and police. Nor did the Liberals see anre-allocation of resources.
 
Dion was surrounded by his leadership rivals as he received astanding ovation before entering the meeting on Parliament Hill.Thelately poll found that 55 per cent of Canadians consider Dion to bea good choice for leader.
 
The first big challenge Dion will face is same-sex marriageissue which coming up on Wednesday. On same-sex marriage, heaccused Harper of trying to cherry-pick rights by re-opening theissue. "Why does he want to be the first prime minister in Canadianhistory to over-ride the Charter?" he asked. And Dion said he willdiscuss the same-sex vote with his caucus. "But I have been clearmany times. It's respect of the Charter of Rights. ...This issomething that should concern Canadians, and it's something thatconcerns me a lot," Dion said.
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to hold a promisedvote on whether Parliament should revisit the same-sex marriagebill passed last year by Parliament. And the debate would startWednesday, with a vote likely onThursday.  
 
Parliament passed Bill C-38 last year, giving same-sex couplesthe legal right to marry.
 
When Parliament last dealt with same-sex marriage, the billpassed 158-133, with 32 Liberals voting against it.
 
Then-Prime Minister Paul Martin required all cabinet ministersand parliamentary secretaries to vote for the bill. One minister,Joe Comuzzi, stepped down rather than vote for the bill.
 
Same-sex marriage became framed as a rights issue when appealcourts across the country ruled that the traditional definition ofmarriage violated the equality rights of gays and lesbians underthe Charter.
 
InMonday's question period, Harper tried to create some mischief forDion by saying: "We promised Canadians a genuinely free vote onthis issue in the House of Commons.
 
Michael Ignatieff, who finished second in the Liberalleadership fight, told reporters Monday, "It would be typical ofMr. Harper to use a Charter issue, an equality issue, to divideanother party. That's the kind of thing that gives politics a badname."
 
While Harper has said he'd like to see the traditionaldefinition restored, he's also said he wouldn't use thenot-withstanding clause to do it.
 
Legal experts have said no government can restore thetraditional definition of marriage without using thenot-withstanding clause. That clause allows the government touphold laws that would otherwise be declaredunconstitutional.
 
In a Dec. 3 Strategic Counsel poll for CTV and The Globe andMail, 58 per cent of Canadians say they would vote to keep thesame-sex marriage law, while 38 per cent would scrap it.
 
Files from CTV news.


 

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