Local MP Scott Reid Votes for Traditional MarriageDecember 8, 2006
Ottawa – Yesterday in the House of Commons, MP Scott Reid voted in favour of a Conservative government motion to introduce legislation to restore the traditional definition of marriage. The motion was defeated by a vote of 175-123.
Reid indicated that his vote in favour of traditional marriage was motivated from the results of a constituency referendum that he conducted in 2005, when the Liberals first introduced the bill that redefined marriage. At that time, a significant majority – 80% – of the 9,176 respondents opposed the redefinition of marriage.
“While I am disappointed that the motion did not pass, I was proud to cast my vote on behalf of my constituents,” Reid stated. “I have been contacted by thousands of concerned constituents on this matter, and I appreciate the time that so many have taken to share their thoughts with me on this important subject.”
Reid also added that he remains concerned for the implications that same-sex marriage may have on the religious freedoms of those who disagree with it for religious or moral reasons.
“When the Liberals first redefined marriage, I promised that I would continue to respect the will of my constituents and vote for traditional marriage in any future vote in Parliament. I remain committed to this promise, and will continue to work towards protections for the religious freedoms of all Canadians.”
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Please call (613) 257-8130 or (613) 947-2277.
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