No to Proposed Provincial
The EFC has released a detailed analysis of a bill in Quebec which would permit euthanasia. In the October report, Quebec’s Bill 52: Euphemisms for
Euthanasia, the EFC recommends that the elected members of Quebec’s Assemblée nationale act to stop the proposed legislation.
The EFC’s Don Hutchinson also signed a joint statement with many other Christian leaders requesting the bill
be withdrawn. Details can be found in a Sept. 26 media
release. Download the report and read related media releases at www.theEFC.ca/Bill52Report.
Worldwide Prayer for Christian Victims of
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
calls Canadians to join with over half a million churches
in 150 countries on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 to pray for
Christian believers who are suffering, even dying, for their
faith. Download free materials to observe the event with
your church or other group at www.idop.ca.
Withdrawing Life Support
The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in
Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, a case in which the EFC intervened.
The October ruling says physicians are required to obtain
consent from a patient, or their substitute decision maker
if the patient is incapacitated, before life support may be
withdrawn. The court affirmed the procedures to be followed if physicians believe consent is being unreasonably
withheld. The EFC welcomed the decision. Read more at
The eFC Condemns Charter of Values
Proposed legislation in Quebec that would prohibit civil
servants from wearing religious symbols and attire at work
would violate their rights, according to the EFC. Although
the government suggests such a move is neutral, it would
actually violate religious freedom. Find out more at www.
Debating a Christian Law School
Would starting a new law school at a Christian university in British Columbia be good for Canada? EFC Vice-President Don Hutchinson recently debated lawyer Clayton Ruby on this issue. Read Hutchinson’s reflections,
including a link to the 20-minute debate on CBC’s Q with
Jian Ghomeshi, at www.theEFC.ca/ActivateCFPL (dated
National euthanasia Laws upheld, Challenged
Canadian laws that prohibit assisted suicide and eutha-
nasia remain valid, and only Parliament has the constitu-
tional jurisdiction to change them. That’s the decision of
the British Columbia Court of Appeal, released in October
in Carter v. Canada, a case in which the EFC intervened.
The decision also confirmed a Supreme Court of Canada
ruling from 20 years ago in Rodriguez v. B. C. (The EFC also
intervened in Rodriguez.)
EFC leaders expressed pleasure at seeing the court endorse our arguments supporting the sanctity and dignity
of human life. After the decision, the B.C. Civil Liberties
Association announced it will appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada. Read more at www.theEFC.ca/
The annual gathering of leaders of EFC affiliate denominations, ministry organization and higher education institutions was held in October. Presidents Day this year focused
on two new studies currently being undertaken, one on the
understanding and use of the Bible among Canadians, the
other on higher Christian education in Quebec.
Geoff Tunnicliffe in Jordan
Geoff Tunnicliffe, the Canadian who serves as secretary
general and CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance, was
recently in Jordan by invitation of King Abdullah. He
spoke at an important conference on the dangers facing
Arab Christians. Read his speech at www.worldea.org/
Canada Watch Newsletter
The latest issues of the EFC’s four-page newsletter for
donors and affiliate leaders are available at www.theEFC.
ca/Canada Watch. Read how the EFC has been partnering
with like-minded colleagues in Quebec to respond to the
province’s new euthanasia bill. There’s also an update
on the work in Ottawa at the EFC Centre for Faith and
Public Life, a message from President Bruce J. Clemenger
Invite an eFC Speaker
EFC leaders are available to come to your church or gathering to speak. Choose from a variety of topics and issues
at www.theEFC.ca/speakers. FT
Visit www.theEFC.ca/calendar to learn about worthwhile events near you and to add your events for free.
Among the events coming soon are a national church
planting congress, several evening events about prostitution law reform held jointly by the EFC and Defend Dignity, and a conference from the Entrepreneurial Leaders
Organization. New events are added every few days.