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For Immediate Release                                                                     June 12, 2008

McGuinty Comes to His Knees on Lord's Prayer

(Queens Park)  Dalton McGuinty's absence at today's vote on a resolution to keep the Lord's Prayer as part of the daily proceedings of the Ontario legislature was glaring. In fact, those Liberal MPP's who showed up for the vote had difficulty concealing their embarassment that this issue was even before them.

Shortly after this past provincial election, Dalton McGuinty proposed that the Lord's Prayer should be removed from the Legislature’s opening proceedings, citing Ontario's diverse religious and cultural mosaic as his reason.

Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees did not hesitate to challenge McGuinty's proposal and launched a petition campaign that called on "the Parliament of Ontario to continue its long-standing practice of using the Lord's Prayer as part of its daily Proceedings".

The campaign gathered momentum and resulted in literally hundreds of thousands of petitions being tabled in the Legislature. Of interest was the fact that people of all religious persuasions joined in the call to retain the Lord's Prayer.

"This is a victory for everyone who engaged in the effort to send Mr. McGuinty the message that Ontarians value their historical religious and cultural heritage," said Klees.  "Diversity does not mean that we have to give up what is an integral part of our past, and this affirmation today ensures that our parliamentary and religious heritage is honoured and respected".

"I want to thank my constituents and like-minded supporters from across the province for their participation in this campaign, and for their encouragement to keep up the fight over these past months," said Klees.

 

The motion which was passed unanimously reads as follows: 

“Mr. Bryant has moved that the Speaker commence each meeting day of the Assembly by reciting the Lord’s Prayer, followed by another prayer, or the presentation of a verse or passage, or call for a moment of silent reflection, or any such other similar activity which, in the opinion of the Speaker, will serve to reflect over time the general demographic composition of this chamber and of the province of Ontario.”

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References:

Frank Klees, MPP

Newmarket-Aurora                                                                          

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