Reid Votes To Support Traditional MarriageJune 28, 2005
Ottawa – Yesterday in the House of Commons, local Member of Parliament Scott Reid voted to preserve the traditional definition of marriage, as directed by an overwhelming majority of participating voters in a constituency referendum on Bill C-38 (the Civil Marriage Act).
Just over 80% of valid ballots in the constituency referendum were cast in favour of the traditional definition of marriage. Just under 20% of voters cast their ballots in favour of redefining marriage.
“We received a total of 9,176 responses, with 7,321 advising me to vote against the bill, 1,814 advising me to vote for the bill, and a further 41 ballots which were either spoiled or invalid,” Reid stated in a speech to the House of Commons. “Therefore, my mandate is clear. My constituents want me to vote against this bill and I will respect their wish.”
“During the last election, I promised voters that I would continue to consult their judgment on important pieces of legislation,” Reid said. “I was disappointed to see C-38 pass, because I have deep concerns as to its implications for freedom of conscience and freedom of religion. But I was proud to cast my vote on behalf of my constituents.”
“The Prime Minister cut off debate on the redefinition of marriage, intimidated members of his own backbench who questioned the bill, and forced every member of his cabinet to support the bill, or to resign from cabinet. I don’t think Canadians will be quick to accept a significant social change that was pushed through Parliament without respecting fundamental democratic practices.”
“My constituents have issued a strong statement on their view of marriage,” Reid concluded. “Should any future vote be held in Parliament on this issue, I will continue to respect the overwhelming consensus of opinion in Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington, and vote again to support the traditional definition of marriage.”
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