This article lists the members of the 39th Parliament of Canada and their voting records in regards to the Civil Marriage Act. The 39th Parliament was elected at the federal election of January 23, The Conservative leader, Stephen Harper , who was then leader of the opposition campaigned on holding another free vote on the issue, after one was held in the 38th Parliament to approve the Act. Although Harper expressed a hope to reinstate the opposite-sex only definition of marriage, he promised not to use the notwithstanding clause. A number of legal experts contend the clause would need to be invoked if parliament was to ban or restrict same-sex marriage in light of provincial court decisions on the matter, which have all handed down the same decision: barring same-sex marriage is inconsistent with the guarantees contained in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms , a part of the Constitution of Canada.
Domestic policy of the Stephen Harper government - Wikipedia
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. He said the Conservative government will change the Civil Marriage Act — but not the Divorce Act — to allow non-resident same-sex marriages to be dissolved. The confusion and pain resulting from this gap, in my opinion, is completely unfair to those who are affected. Known only by their initials, L and M, the women were seeking an uncontested divorce. They are believed to be the first non-resident same-sex couple to do so.
Ottawa to change law so same-sex marriages are valid and open to divorce
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government has "no intention" of reopening the national debate on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple's divorce case cast doubt on the legal status of thousands of couples who wed in Canada. But I will be asking officials to provide me more details with this particular case. Harper's comments came in response to a Globe and Mail report , which cited a Department of Justice document filed in a Toronto test case that stated a lesbian couple, who wed in Toronto in , cannot file for divorce as they were never legally married. The document reportedly cited a Department of Justice lawyer who said the couple's marriage is not considered legal in Canada because they would not have been lawfully wed in Florida or England, their respective homes. Of the estimated 15, same-sex marriages that have taken place in the country, approximately 5, have involved couples from the U.
Progressive Conservative —87 Reform —97 Alliance —03 Conservative —present. He extended Canada's occupation of Afghanistan , called same sex marriage "vile and disgusting",  and favored a more American influenced Canada, by favoring American investment in Canada. In , he favored going to war with Iraq.