CANADA

National Notes

November 20 1989
CANADA

National Notes

November 20 1989

National Notes

CANADA

A FUND-RAISING MISSION

During a four-day visit to Canada, Philippines President Corazon Aquino urged businessmen to invest in her country. Aquino, who replaced deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, also had a 90-minute meeting with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Afterward, the Canadian government announced $100 million in new aid for the Philippines.

COGGER STEPS ASIDE

Quebec Senator Michel Cogger withdrew from the Conservative parliamentary caucus in response to an announcement that the RCMP had launched a criminal investigation of his business dealings. Cogger also withdrew his request to the Senate to conduct its own inquiry into allegations that he improperly accepted payments from a Crown corporation.

HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS UPHELD

The Federal Court of Canada ruled that Timothy Veysey, a homosexual inmate at Ontario’s Warkworth Institution, has the right to a conjugal visit with his partner in a trailer on the prison grounds. It was the first time that a Canadian court had ruled that the Constitution prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

MORGENTALER THWARTED

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia granted the province’s government an injunction ordering Dr. Henry Morgentaler to stop performing abortions at his northend Halifax clinic until charges against him are heard in court in March, 1990. The court ruled that Morgentaler had “zealously embarked on a program of defiance” against a provincial law forbidding abortions outside accredited hospitals.

WALESA IN CANADA

Solidarity leader Lech Walesa arrived in Montreal to begin a 10-day North American trip and declared, “The ideals of communism—freedom, equality, justice—will live on because they are fine ideals.” But, he added, “a new generation has taken over,” and he appealed for more foreign investment in Poland.

FAITH AND POLITICS

The Social Credit party of British Columbia set up a committee to review a clause in its constitution that states that the party is based on Christian principles. Last month, Michael Levy, a Jewish delegate to the annual Soared convention, quit the party after complaining that it failed to recognize religious diversity.