VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Canadian Alliance for Social Justice & Family Values Association held their annual fundraising dinner on October 24, where Saskatoon-Humboldt Member of Parliament Brad Trost participated and commended the organization for their tireless efforts to stand up for social justice.
Trost spoke about Bill C-11 that was passed in June and July of this year by the federal government to shorten the repatriation time of illegal immigrants to within a year and commit to clear the backlog of refugee applications.
Illegal immigrant’s applications consume the government’s resources, slow down the immigration process for legal applicants, and damages the interests of legal immigrants, he said.
In regards to Ontario Superior Court’s ruling last month on several key provisions of Canada’s laws surrounding prostitution as unconstitutional, Trost said the conservative party has filed a lawsuit to reverse this ruling.
Then, Rev. Ron Unruh, who served as the president of Evangelical Free Church of Canada for six years, reported the latest developments of Paul and Zabeth Bayne’s incident.
Doug Christie, a Victoria-based lawyer representing the Bayne’s, is waiting for the closing summation from the lawyer of British Columbia Ministry of Children (MCFD), and then he will respond in writing to the judge for the final decision, said the retired pastor.
Unruh said the best possible scenario would be for the three children, Kent, Baden, and Bethany, to be returned to their parents unconditionally before Christmas of this year. He asked those who are of faith to continue praying for the Bayne couple.
Last Friday was the third anniversary since the Bayne’s children were taken away by the MCFD, who accused the Bayne couple of injuring their baby daughter, Bethany. Although no evidence points to their abuse of the two boys, they’ve concluded the judgment based upon the opinion of a doctor from the B.C. Children’s hospital. On the other hand, the Bayne’s have obtained the opinions of ten medical specialists, proving that their daughter has a rare form of disease called Glutaric Aciduria rather than the Shaken Baby Syndrome.
The Bayne’s have asked CASJAFVA for help since January of last year. The alliance has staged protests at various locations, nine of which are in front of B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell’s office.
Lawyer K-John Cheng, the alliance’s general secretary, stated the organization’s determination to follow up and support the Bayne’s until justice is served.