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June 16, 2006

BURLINGTON - ECP Centre president Tristan Emmanuel had a very successful day yesterday meeting with Members of Parliament to make them aware of the work the Centre is doing to hold the line on the persecution facing social conservative Christians in Canada. Emmanuel's message resonated with both Liberal and Conservative MPs who affirmed the need for Christianity to be a strong and vibrant voice in Canada's public square.

Emmanuel left each MP with a copy of the Centre's new high quality promotional video. He also personally gave a copy of the video to Justice Minister Vic Toews and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MP David Sweet whom he met briefly between meetings. Some MPs committed to helping Emmanuel network with Christian leaders in their electoral districts.

Most of the MPs Emmanuel met with were strong supporters of real marriage, but Burlington MP Mike Wallace said that his vote will depend on what his constituents say. "As an Anglican, he personally has no problem with 'same-sex marriage'," Emmanuel said, following his meeting. "Social conservatives in Burlington need to mobilise and light up the phone lines in Mike's office," Emmanuel added.

Ottawa Canadian Reformed pastor Marc Jagt joined Emmanuel for some of his meetings, as well as for a networking meeting with Dave Quist, president of the Focus on the Family-inspired think-tank, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC).

"My time in Ottawa was very productive," said Emmanuel. "Building relationships with politicians and making them aware of the existence and vision of the ECP Centre is a top priority for developing the influence of the Centre and making our presense felt in the public square."

"I am also very grateful for the friendship and cultural leadership of Rev. Jagt, as he joined me on Parliament Hill. It is this kind of leadership that so many Christians are looking for as they seek to make a difference for Christ in this culture," added Emmanuel.

The ECP Centre president met with:
  • Senator Anne Cools
  • David Anderson (CPC-Cypress Hills-Grasslands, SK)
  • Harold Albrecht (CPC-Kitchener-Conestoga, ON)
  • Garry Breitkreuz (CPC-Yorkton-Melville, SK)
  • Dean Del Mastro (CPC-Peterborough, ON)
  • Ed Fast (CPC-Abbotsford, BC)
  • James Lunney (CPC-Nanaimo-Alberni, BC)
  • Paul Steckle (Lib-Huron-Bruce, ON)
  • Brad Trost (CPC-Saskatoon-Humboldt, SK)
  • Mike Wallace (CPC-Burlington, ON)
  • Tom Wappel (Lib-Scarborough Southwest, ON)
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For more information contact the ECP Centre at:
Email: info@ecpcentre.org
Website: www.ecpcentre.org