prostitution law reform
The EFC delivered its proposal for reform to Canada’s prostitution laws to the prime minister and ministers of justice and public safety in December. Read the
EFC’s proposal at www.theEFC.ca/OutOfBusiness.
The proposal is timely because, just 11 days later, the
Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the
Canada v. Bedford case, a case in which the EFC intervened. The Bedford decision gives the government one
year to replace Canada’s prostitution laws. In February
2014 the Government of Canada began inviting public
input on the reform of Canada’s prostitution laws. The
online consultation is open until March 17, 2014. Learn
more at www.theEFC.ca/Bedford-Decision.
Loyola intervention at Supreme court
The Supreme Court of Canada has approved the EFC’s
application to participate in the Loyola High School v.
Attorney General of Quebec case as an intervener. The
case, scheduled to be heard March 24, addresses issues
of institutional religious freedom in education. Details
Euthanasia case appealed
Last October the EFC welcomed the Carter v. Canada (
Attorney General) decision by the British Columbia Court of
Appeal affirming Canada’s prohibition against euthanasia.
However, in January the Supreme Court of Canada agreed
to hear an appeal of the case, probably on October 14, 2014.
The EFC intervened in the case at the Court of Appeal and
will apply to intervene at the SCC. The Court of Appeal’s deci-
sion stated that only Parliament is constitutionally empow-
ered to consider changes to Canada’s law prohibiting assisted
suicide and euthanasia. Details at www.theEFC.ca/Carter.
EFc vice-president in israel
EFC vice-president Don Hutchinson was in Israel in January for meetings with evangelical leaders in Israel and
the West Bank. Hutchinson also
travelled as part of the Canadian
delegation that accompanied Prime
Minister Stephen Harper on his first
official visit to the State of Israel.
The EFC sent an open letter to Members of the National Assembly of
Quebec on Bill 52, An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care, in February. The
EFC asked MNAs to vote against the
bill, which would require euthanasia
be provided upon request to any
adult person with a Quebec health
card. The EFC letter expressed concern for Quebec’s most vulnerable
citizens and called MNAs to instead support increased
support for palliative care centres.
The EFC also sent a letter to a provincial law society supporting Trinity Western University’s proposed law school.
Several of these societies, for example the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, have announced they intend to review whether
to permit TWU graduates. FT
Events to help You
learn and grow
Visit theEfC.ca/calendar to
learn about worthwhile events
near you, and to post and
promote your own major events.
Promise Keepers, World Vision,
the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and other groups have
multiple events on the calendar
for March and April. There’s also
a national disability conference,
a provincial home educators
conference, an Edmonton fine
arts conference and more. New
events are added every few days.
as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations at The Evangelical fellowship of Canada, Faith Today
is introducing an EfC board member in
each issue. But we’ll take a break this issue
to introduce a new employee instead, the
EfC’s Quebec director, Pierre Bergeron.
F T: Tell us a little about yourself.
pB: I was born and raised in Quebec,
and french is my mother tongue. I was
ordained in The Pentecostal Assemblies
of Canada (PAoC), and my wife and I have
been in ministry for 40 years. I consider
myself blessed for having experienced a
variety of ministry opportunities ranging
from pastoring, church planting, leading
the PAoC churches in Quebec and the
Collège Biblique-Québec, to serving as a
prison chaplain. Also I was the first Pente-
costal chaplain in the Canadian Armed
forces since the Second World War,
and it was my privilege for 17 years
to serve with some of Canada’s
bravest sons and daughters as their
military chaplain. In 2013 I retired
from the military.
F T: What’s your role at the EFc?
pB: It was a great privilege to step
into this part-time opportunity of
being the Quebec Director for the
EfC and support the french Evangelical
Church in Quebec. for the next several
months, I’m meeting with denominational
leaders to assess what God is doing within
the various denominations, ministry
organizations and seminaries.
F T: What is your hope for the church in
pB: My passion is to see a strong evangel-
ical voice in the province. I see a brighter
future in that we are
willing to work in closer
unity as members of the
Body of Christ. Particular
denominations and min-
istries have received gifts
and developed an exper-
tise in various ministries
where we can and must
complement each other.
We need each other for
the cause of Christ. The
Alliance évangélique du Canada, as the
EfC is known in french, can be a great
platform to promote what God is doing,
build relations of trust, encourage greater
networking and partnerships among
evangelical denominations that will influ-
ence the building of a strong Kingdom
F T: Thank you, pierre. god bless you in
your ministry. FT
Meet the EFc Staff: pierre Bergeron