By John-Henry Westen

  OTTAWA, February 20, 2008 ( –  It seems playing a key role in legalizing homosexual ‘marriage,’ over the objections of a majority of Canadians, is one way to get named to the Order of Canada, Canada’s most prestigious award.

  Governor General Michaëlle Jean will give the nation’s highest honor for ‘lifetime achievement’ to former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, making him a Companion of the Order, on Friday February 22.  The notice that was sent out by the Governor General’s office, noting the award recipients and their major contributions to Canada, cited Chretien’s “legacy” of homosexual unions.

“His government’s legacy includes a number of social reform and humanitarian initiatives, such as recognition of same-sex unions and the abolition of landmines,” said the citation.  Chretien supported same-sex ‘marriage.’ However, he was replaced as Prime Minister by Paul Martin prior to the issue coming to a final vote in the House of Commons. 

  That the honor is being given to Chretien, and that his support for homosexuality has been singled out as one of the prime reasons for his receiving the award, should not come as a surprise to Canadians.  Governor General Jean, who made her first affront to family values when, during her induction in 2005, refused to swear on the Bible, awarded same-sex ‘marriage’ pioneer Rev. Brent Hawkes with the Order of Canada last year.

  Hawkes’ claim to national fame is also his homosexual ‘marriage’ activism. In 2001 Hawkes illegally “married” a lesbian couple in his Toronto church, and when the Canadian government would not recognize the “marriage” as valid, he took the government to court. Subsequently, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recognized the “marriage” as legal, beginning a process of judicial activism that eventually culminated in the legalization of homosexual “marriage” by Canada’s Parliament.

  In an affidavit before the Supreme Court of Canada, Hawkes bashed a Vatican document on homosexual unions, and statements by Catholic bishops on the same, as “expressions of hatred that should not be tolerated in our society.”

  At the time the courts forced various provinces to permit homosexual ‘marriage’, and even later when Parliament voted to legalize it, polls regularly showed that a majority of Canadians were opposed to the redefinition of marriage.  One such Canadian, who was personally affected by homosexual parenting, has spoken before numerous legislators about her experiences, warning of the dangers to children.

  Dawn Stefanowicz, author of “Out From Under: The Impact of Homosexual Parenting,” told that Chretien does not deserve the Order of Canada, precisely because of his pushing of homosexual ‘marriage’ on the nation.

“Regrettably, Chretien will be known as the prime minister who socially deconstructed and redefined the family unit through the recognition of same-sex unions,” she said. “Against the better expressed judgment of many Canadians, Chretien chose to pander to some special interest groups in the name of equality. As an adult survivor who grew up with a father who had numerous homosexual liaisons and involvements in the subcultures in North American cities, I know the incredible pain and longsuffering I endured. As well, there are many adult survivors who have contacted me sharing similar concerns and challenges.”

  Stefanowicz concluded, “Unequivocally, children will always have their best outcomes and opportunities when they are raised in married father-mother-headed families where gender is defined as male and female.”

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