Private Member's Bill
December 13, 2007
Klees Re-Introduces His
"Pope John Paul II Day Act"
(Queen's Park) Today in the Legislature, Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees introduced, once again, his private member's bill, "An Act to proclaim April 2 nd 'Pope John Paul II Day' in Ontario . This Bill was first introduced in the last Session of the Legislature on April 2 nd , 2007. Thousands of petitions were delivered to Queen's Park in support of the Bill from the Catholic community and beyond.
"I committed to re-introduce the Bill when the last session was cut short by the government", said Klees. "It was apparent from the broad support when this Bill was first introduced in the last session of Parliament that people recognize Pope John Paul's contribution beyond that of a spiritual leader. He is remembered for his tireless efforts to bridge religious, racial and cultural divides and for that his life is celebrated by people of all faiths."
In introducing the bill, Klees noted that Pope John Paul visited Ontario twice during his long pontificate where he was enthusiastically greeted by our province's diverse religious and cultural communities.
In a May 29, 2007 letter to Klees from the Vatican Secretariat of State, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his support for Klees' "laudable initiative."
Klees' bill also has the endorsement of the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops and its president, the Most Reverend James Mathew Wingle, Bishop of St Catharines who stated: "People of all faiths and those with no specific religious ties, cherish his memory as one who brought to the whole human family a voice of hope and a life-lone message of peace. His noble legacy lives on as he continues to be remembered as one of the great leaders of our time."
The Archbishop of Toronto , the Most Reverend Thomas Collins said in support of the Bill: "I am pleased to see that the memory and extensive contributions of Pope John Paul II continue to be recognized by people of all faiths."
"I again encourage anyone interested in the passage of this Bill to forward petitions not only to my attention, but to any Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario," said Klees. "Petitions signed by people from other jurisdictions and countries will also be acknowledged in the Legislature."
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June 7, 2007
KLEES: Setback for Pope John Paul II Day
(Queen's Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees today expressed disappointment that his private member's Bill 194, "An Act to Proclaim Pope John Paul II Day" in Ontario did not get passed in this session of the Legislature.
"I know that many will be disappointed that this bill will not be enacted into law because of the early shutting down of the Legislature, but I also want to assure the many thousands who have signed petitions in support of Pope John Paul II Day that I will reintroduce the bill when the Legislature reconvenes following the October 10th provincial election," said Klees.
"Since the tabling of the bill, there have been literally thousands who have signed petitions in support of the proposal to recognize the world-wide contributions of Pope John Paul II," Klees said. "The support has come from people of all faiths and cultures because they recognize that Pope John Paul II was not only a great spiritual leader, but that as a humanitarian he was a builder of bridges between peoples of all faiths and cultures."
Klees' bill was scheduled to be debated on June 14, 2007, but the decision by Premier McGuinty to close the Legislature three weeks early resulted in all business scheduled to be considered by the legislature to be cancelled, including the debate and vote on Pope John Paul II Day.
"I am committed to keeping this important initiative alive, and will continue to gather petitions throughout the summer months with a view to reintroducing 'An Act to Proclaim Pope John Paul II Day' for passage by the next government in October," Klees said. "I encourage anyone interested to forward petitions not only to my attention, but to members and candidates running for election over the next few months."
KLEES: Legacy of Pope John Paul II Relevant to Culturally Diverse Ontario
(Queen’s Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees presented his private member’s bill today entitled, “An Act to proclaim April 2nd ‘Pope John Paul II Day” in Ontario.
In his statement in the Legislature, Klees noted that by passing this bill into law, the Legislature would “Not only honour the man who served as spiritual leader to millions in this province and around the world, but will ensure that the values of compassion, respect and tolerance – values personified throughout his life – are contemplated and celebrated by the citizens of this province.”
Klees’ bill refers to “Pope John Paul II’s legacy that reflects his lifelong commitment to international understanding, peace and the defence of equality and human rights and that his legacy has an all-embracing meaning that is particularly relevant to Canada’s multi-faith and multicultural traditions and experience.”
“As one of the great spiritual leaders of contemporary times, Pope John Paul II visited Ontario twice during his pontificate of more than 25 years. On his visits, he was enthusiastically greeted by our province’s diverse religious and cultural communities,” said Klees.
“While I am not a Roman Catholic, I have been personally touched and influenced by the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II,” Klees said. “He visited Ontario on two occasions and each time he was here he made such an incredible impact on all of us.”
“Pope John Paul reached beyond the Catholic Church to defend the human rights of all peoples, regardless of their faith and culture,” Klees said. “He embraced everyone, especially the marginalized in society.”
Klees’ bill has the endorsement of the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops and its president, the Most Reverend James Mathew Wingle, Bishop of St Catharines stated: “On the 2nd anniversary of his death, we remember the outstanding witness of the life of Pope John Paul II. People of all faiths, and those with no specific religious ties, cherish his memory as one who brought to the whole human family a voice of hope and a life long message of peace. His noble legacy lives on as he continues to be remembered as one of the great leaders of our time.”
Klees’ bill is also endorsed by the Most Reverend Archbishop Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto who stated, “I am pleased to see that the memory and extensive contributions of Pope John Paul II continue to be recognized by people of all faiths.”
Joining Klees in the Legislature today were representatives of the Catholic Church and of the Polish Canadian Community.
Supporters of the proposed bill
are encouraged to register their approval in petitions that will be presented
in the Legislature. A copy of the
petition is enclosed. Only original signed copies should be returned
for presentation in the Legislature.
Fr Marian Gil of Catholic Radio interviews
Frank Klees regarding his Private Members Bill
Saturday February 23 on City TV cable 7
An Act to Declare April 2nd
Pope John Paul II Day in Ontario
Fr. Marian Gill's Interview with Frank Klees, MPP
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