NewsFri Oct 28, 2005 - 12:15 pm EST
Canadian National pro-Life Conference in Montreal
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Montreal Evangelical Church Welcomes Canadian National Pro-Life Conference with Open Arms
Montreal, October 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – From Nov. 17-19 Canada’s first fully bilingual national pro-life conference since the 1980s will take place at the St. Joseph’s Oratory facility near downtown Montreal.
The conference, hosted by Campagne Quebec Vie and sponsored by Campaign Life Coalition and LifeCanada will feature 10 plenary sessions Thursday night, Friday and Saturday involving over 30 distinguished speakers.
Session topics will include 1. Religious perspectives on life and family, 2. The Canadian media, 3. The effects of abortion on women, 4. Euthanasia and palliative care, 5. The family and marriage in crisis, 6. John Paul II on life and family, 7. The responsibility of politicians, 8. Stem cell research, 9. Today’s cultural battle, 10. The current slide of both English and French Canada to a culture of death.
Speaker include Archbishop Adam Exner, Rabbi Reuven Bulka of Ottawa, Bruce Clemenger (President, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada), Jean Migneault (Deputy Supreme Knight), Peter Stockland (former editor of the Montreal Gazette), Angelina Steenstra of Silent No More, Dr. Ian Dowbiggin, Stockwell Day MP, former Bloc MP Giselle Lebel, Dan Mcteague MP, renowned author and artist Michael O’Brien and others.
Campaigne Quebec Vie president, Luc Gagnon spoke with LifeSiteNews,com about some of the speakers. He noted that speaker Gilles Noel isÂ a founder and the leader of the totally pro-life Christian Democracy Party of Quebec which was founded two years ago. Noel was influenced by the late Gilles Grondin to found this party. Dr. Joseph Ayoub will address the issue of euthanasia. He is an oncologist who faces the issue on a daily basis. He was the last physician for the late Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa.
Speaker Dr. Gerard Monfette is a urologist from St. Jerome, Quebec. He performed about 120,000 male sterilizations over a 30 year period but a few years ago experienced a personal religious conversion that led him to regret what he had done and to halt the sterilizations part of his practice. At this conference, says Gagnon, Monfrette will “make a kind of mea culpa and a presentation of his conversion to the culture of life. It will be the first time he will speak in public about this.
Ghislain Lebel is now a candidate for the leadership of the PQ party. The vote on the leadership will take place just a few days before the conference. In his candidacy he is raising the issues of the demographic decline of Quebec and the crisis of the family. He was a Bloc Quebecois MP for 8 years. Lebel left the Bloc in 2003 in response to the strong left wing and pro-abortion type of leadership of Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe. Lebel also opposes same-sex marriage and euthanasia.
Gagnon, encourages attendees to register as quickly as possible. The full conference fee $125 for adults and $75 for students and youth. Friday or Saturday only is $60 and $40.
For a detailed agenda, list of hotels and other conference information see the conference flyer, with application information (large PDF file)
To register by telephone or for information, call Call 514-344-2686 or 416-204-9749 or 1-800-730-5358
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