Debates of the Senate (Hansard)
1st Session, 37th Parliament,
Volume 139, Issue 56
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
The Honourable Dan Hays, Speaker

Statement by Major Religious Groups of British Columbia

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, I am making a statement today at the same time as a statement is being made in the House of Commons by Mr. Stephen Owen, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra. This is a statement sent by major religious groups in British Columbia. The statement reads as follows:

God Keep our Land
A Call to Justice, Peace & Solidarity

Canada is founded on the affirmation that God alone is supreme, and that the rule of law must be preserved.

This affirmation is the foundation of the rights and freedoms we enjoy as one nation of diverse peoples. Our acknowledgement of God’s supremacy and the rule of law calls us forever to renew our commitment to justice, peace and solidarity.

The attack upon the United States of America on September 11th, 2001 was calculated to uproot the whole human family.

This horrific affront was intended to make neighbours look upon each other with suspicion and hatred; to make us abandon our vocation to be united under God’s love. Many people have died, innocent families have been left vulnerable to bigotry and violence, and a shadow has fallen over our ability to live together as citizens.

We affirm that God’s justice and mercy are infinite, surpassing human power in majesty and perfection.

We affirm our solidarity as leaders in diverse faith communities, and urge our brothers and sisters to enrich the common good with brave new works of peace, mutual understanding and material assistance.

We call upon all Canadians to join their prayers and their good will, to guard against prejudice and hatred, to befriend and support each other.

We ask for God’s blessing on all who mourn or suffer, with confidence that the human family is sustained and renewed by Divine Love.