Archive for February, 2010

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Kevin Sorenson

February 28, 2010

Kevin Sorenson is the Member of Parliament for Crowfoot, Alberta.  He is a member of the Conservative party, and this will be his 4th term in Parliament.

He is the Chair of the Foreign Affairs and International Development committee.

Prior to entering politics he operated the farm which his Grandfather had started a century earlier.  He and his wife, Darlene, have two children, Kristen and Ryan.

Pray that, as a former farmer, he would be a strong voice and advocate for Canadian farmers.  Pray that he would be able to represent the concerns of his constituents in Parliament.  Pray that he would have wisdom, and would be effective as Chair of the Foreign Affairs and International Development committee.  Pray that his marriage would remain strong.

You can learn more about Kevin Sorenson on his official website.

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Joy Smith

February 27, 2010

Joy Smith is the Member of Parliament for Kildonan – St. Paul, Manitoba.  She is a member of the Conservative party, and this is her 3rd term in Parliament.

She is the Chair of the Health committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Neurological Disease of the Standing Committee on Health.

She holds both a Bachelor degree, and a Master’s degree in education.  For many years she was a high school teacher.  However she was also an established public speaker, small business owner, and author.  Prior to running for Federal politics, she was a Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.  She is married and has six children.

She is the preeminent and leading voice in Canada against human trafficking.  The selling and buying of human bodies still exists, unfortunately, even in Canada.  She has advocated very strongly for greater measures from the Government; measures which would protect men, women and children from becoming commodities.  She has introduced Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years). The bill has passed through the House of Commons, but is still under debate in the Senate.

Pray that she would be strengthened today in her fight to end human trafficking.  Pray that she would find supporters in her party, Government, and the people of Canada.  Pray that her family would be a strong foundation and constant source of joy and peace.  Pray that she would have wisdom as she Chair’s the Health committee.

You can learn more about Joy Smith on her official website.

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Michelle Simson

February 26, 2010

Michelle Simson is the Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest, Ontario.  She is a member of the Liberal party, and this is her 1st term in Parliament.

She is a member of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee.

Before entering politics she worked in the financial sector.  For 16 years she was the Vice-President and General Manager of a leasing firm.  She is a strong advocate for Canadians living in poverty, especially those within her riding of Scarborough Southwest.

She and her husband, George, have been married for 35 years, and have one son, Eric.

During this time of financial instability, pray that she would be a source of experience and wisdom in Parliament.  Pray that she would seek justice for those living in poverty.  Pray that she would have new ideas and strategies to reduce poverty in Canada.  Pray that she would find times of rest and relaxation during her busy days.

You can learn more about Michelle Simson on her official website.

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Scott Simms

February 25, 2010

Scott Simms is the Member of Parliament for Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador.  He is a member of the Liberal party, and this will be his 3rd term in Parliament.

He is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Heritage committee.

He was born in Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland.  He gradguated from Mount Allison University with a degree in commerce.  After graduation he continued his studies, this time in journalism, which led to his employment as a weather broadcaster for the Weather Network.  When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his son, Jackson.

As we pray for him, let’s ask that God would bless him as a Father.  Pray that in the midst of a busy schedule he would find time to spend with his son.  Pray that he would have wisdom as the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Heritage committee.  Pray that he would accurately and effectively represent the concerns of his constituents.

You can learn more about Scott Simms on his official website.

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Mario Silva

February 24, 2010

Mr. Mario Silva is the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Davenport in Toronto, Ontario.   This is Mr. Silva’s third term, being first elected in 2004.  He currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Subcommitte on Internation Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Silva was born in the Azores, Portugal and is only one of two M.P.s of Portuguese decent.  Mr. Silva is a well educated man graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts Degree specializing in Political Science, the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France where he received his “Certificat de Langue Francaise”, and also receiving a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. In 2007, the President of the French Republic bestowed him the title of Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour,  the premier order of France and an award of great distinction.

While serving as a City of Toronto Councillor, Mr. Silva held a number of posts including Acting Mayor, Vice-Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission where he championed improved public transit. He was Chair of the Economic Development Committee where he spearheaded the development of the City’s first strategic economic plan identifying economic priorities, focused fiscal planning and long-term economic objectives for the municipality. He has also served on the Board of Directors for numerous agencies in the city.

Let’s be thankful for a Member of Parliament who is very knowledgeable and experienced.  Pray that he would continue to build positive bridges to the Portuguese community in his riding.  Pray for God-given wisdom and truth.

You can learn more about Mario Silva on his official website.

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Bill Siksay

February 23, 2010

Mr. Bill Siksay is the federal Member of Parliament representing the riding of Burnaby-Douglas in the province of British Columbia.  He is with the New Democratic Party.  This is Mr. Siksay’s third term being first elected into office in 2004.  He currently serves as the Vice Chair for the committee known as Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics and is also New Democrat critic for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual and Transgender Issues in addition to also being a member of the Parlimentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

Mr. Siksay was born in Oshawa, Ontario, studied Canadian History and Political Science at the University of Toronto and graduated with a B.A. In 1979, he studied at the Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia.

In 1986, Mr. Siksay began work as an Assistant to former MP Svend Robinson. In that capacity, he worked on issues such as the abolition of capital punishment, reproductive choice for women, anti-poverty initiatives, human rights, and physician-assisted suicide. Mr. Siksay has also been an activist with Affirm United, the organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender United Church members and adherents.

Mr. Siksay and his partner Brian Burke have been together for 28 years. Brian is a United Church minister and serves at Trinity United Church in Port Coquitlam. They live in the Burnaby Heights.

Please pray for Mr. Siksay that he will have wisdom from above and revelation of truth as he seeks to represent those in his riding.  Pray that he will be blessed with good health.

You can learn more about Bill Siksay on his official website.

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Devinder Shory

February 22, 2010

Devinder Shory is the Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, Alberta.  He is a member of the Conservative party, and this is his first term in Parliament.

He is a member of the Citizenship and Immigration committee, the Natural Resources committee, and the Scrutiny of Regulations committee.

He was born in Barnala, India.  He attended Punjabi University where he attained a Bachelor of Arts degree, and then a Bachelors degree in law.  Upon moving to Canada he, and his wife, Neetu, moved to British Columbia.  The Canadian Government did not recognize his foreign credentials, so he worked as a cab driver, and then home construction.  In 1997 he moved to Alberta where he underwent education upgrading.  He was called to the Alberta Bar Association in 1998.

He and his wife have three children.

As we pray for him, let’s thank God for the many nations that call Canada their home.  Pray that immigrant families would be blessed with a speedy integration into Canada.  Pray that they would have easily accessible resources to help them.  In praying for Devinder Shory, pray that God would continue to bless and prosper his life.  Pray that his life experience would be instrumental in advocating for new Canadians.  Pray that he would continue to live a life of integrity and justice.  Pray that his family would be blessed during this time.

You can learn more about Devinder Shory on his official website.