Archive for September, 2009

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Francine Lalonde

September 30, 2009

Francine Lalonde is the Member of Parliament for La Pointe-de-l’Île, Québec.  She is a member of the Bloc Québécois, and this will be her 6th term in Parliament.

She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs and International Development committee.  She is also a member of the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan.

She holds a degree in history from the University of Montreal, and also a degree in educational psychology.  She taught history and latin as a teacher, but then moved into administration roles.  Her most notable role was with the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (Confederation of National Trade Unions), of which she was coordinator and Vice-President.

In 2005 she tabled Bill C-407: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (right to die with dignity). The bill sought to amend, “the Criminal Code to allow any person, under certain conditions, to aid a person close to death or suffering from a debilitating illness to die with dignity if the person has expressed the free and informed wish to die. It proved to be an extremely controversial bill and therefore did not pass in the House.  Since 2005 she has further introduced bills for the purpose of legalizing assisted suicide.

She is currently battling cancer.

As we pray for her, let’s ask that God would bring His Life into her life.  Pray that there would be healing where cancerous cells have caused damage.  Pray that she would experience a total healing.  Pray that she would yearn to live well and not focus on dying well.  Pray that she would continue to have the strength and courage to continue the demanding job of being a Member of Parliament.

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

You can learn more about Francine Lalonde on the Bloc Québécois website.

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Mario Laframboise

September 28, 2009

Mario Laframboise is the Member of Parliament for Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, Québec.  He is a member of the Bloc Québécois, and this will be his 4th term in Parliament.

He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Transport, Infrastructure and Communities committee.

Much of his political career has not been on the Federal level, but rather at the Municipal level.  He was the Mayor of the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-la-paix from 1983 to 2000.  His educational background is in Law.

Pray that as Vice-Chair of his committee he would lead with fairness and wisdom.  Pray that God would bless him and his family.  Pray that his years of experience as Mayor would be recognized by those around him.  Lastly, pray that he would be a man of reconciliation and not separation.

You can learn more about Mario Laframboise on the Bloc Québécois website.

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Jean-Yves Laforest

September 27, 2009

Jean-Yves Laforest is the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice – Champlain, Québec. He is a member of the Bloc Québécois, and was first elected in 2006 making this his 2nd term in Parliament.

He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Finance committee.

He graduated from the University of Quebec with a degree in physical education. Following his graduation he spent many years working as an educator in different schools and Universities, as well as working as a physical therapist.

As we pray for him, let’s pray that God would grant him wisdom and wider vision. As he sits as Vice-Chair on the Finance committee, pray that God would direct his actions as he deals with the finances of this country. Lastly pray that he would represent the heart of Quebec & it’s people here in Ottawa.

You can learn more about Jean-Yves Laforest on the Bloc Québécois website.

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Noël A. Kinsella

September 21, 2009

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The Hon. Noel A Kinsella is the 46th Speaker of the Senate of Canada, a position he was appointed to by P.M. Stephen Harper in 2006.  Dr. Kinsella was originally  appointed to the Senate to represent New Brunswick back in 1990 and sits as a member of the Conservative caucus.

Dr. Kinsella spent 41 years as a faculty member at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, N.B. where he has taught psychology, philosophy and human rights.  He was also the the Chairperson of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission for 22 years, beginning in 1967, as President of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, and is well-known nationally and internationally as a human rights advocate.

Dr. Kinsella along with his large responsibilties as Speaker of the Senate also sits on the Committee for Internal Economy, Budgets and Procedures.

He is married to Ann Conley Kinsella.

Let us pray for Noel Kinsella that he might have wisdom from above to perform his very important work on Parliament Hill.  May the Lord use him to reform our Human Rights tribunal system and be a great resource to other nations.

You can learn more about Dr. Kinsella on his official website.

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Gerard Kennedy

September 20, 2009

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Mr. Gerard Kennedy is the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Parkdale-High Park in Toronto.  This is Mr. Kennedy’s first term in office being elected in 2008.  He is a member of the Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Committee. 

Mr. Kennedy has a history of working with the poor and less fortunate.   He served for many years as the executive director for the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto leading a largely volunteer effort that distributed food to as many as 150,000 Toronto area residents a month and became the national spokesperson for food banks.

Currently in his local riding, Mr. Kennedy is working with area residents on substantive initiatives on the environment and poverty linking local action to national policy.  He is also a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University, and has national responsibilities for party renewal and is the champion of poverty solutions for the Liberal Party.  Originally from Manitoba, Mr. Kennedy attended university in Ontario and Alberta and he lives in west Toronto with his wife Jeanette, an early childhood educator, and their two young children.

Let us thank the Lord for this man who not only has a heart for those less fortunate but is also a man of action and who has actively helped them.  May the Lord give him strength and wisdom as he continues to champion these issues with his own party and for the nation. 

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Andrew Kania

September 17, 2009

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   Andrew Kania is the Liberal Member of Parliament representing the Ontario riding of Brampton West.  This is Mr. Kania’s first term in federal politics being elected in 2008.   He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security and also the House Joint Chair of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.   Mr. Kania is a lawyer and a senior partner in his family’s law firm.  In addition he is involved in numerous local and charitable organizations.  Mr. Kania has long been politically active and served under Stéphane Dion’s leadership campaign, and also for the 2003 leadership campaign of former Deputy Prime Minister John Manley.

      Mr. Kania is married and has two children. He received his law degree from the University of Toronto, and then traveled to England, where he completed his Master of Laws in Leicester. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991.

Mr. Kania will need prayer for this being his first term, for wisdom of time management, priorities and balancing his family needs as well as all of his federal committments.  Let us also pray that he will use his political and law experience to bring excellence to his various committee duties.

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Wilbert Joseph Keon

September 16, 2009

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Wilbert Joseph Keon was appointed to the Senate in Sept. of 1990 and sits as a Conservative representing the region of Ottawa, Ontario.  Born in Quebec he trained as a doctor in Ottawa and  came to this Senate position after a distinguised career as a cardiac surgeon. He is an avid boater and reader.

Mr. Keon is the Deputy Chair of the Special Committee on Ageing, the Deputy Chair of the Committee for Social Affairs, Science and Technology and also sits on the Committee for Rule, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament.

He is married to Anne and they have 3 children – Claudia, Ryan and Neil.

Let us pray for Senator Keon in his vital role in the health of our seniors, and of health in general for our nation.  May the Lord give him great strength and good health to finish his last year in the Senate before he retires.  May he blessed as a patriarch within his family.