Conscientious Objection to Use of Taxes
May 7, 2007
Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present two petitions.
The first petition is from many people in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. They
point out that in Canada there has been a long tradition of freedom of conscience and
religion and that this has been a historical fact in Canada.
They also point out that contributing to the Canadian military through payment of
income taxes is an infringement of the freedom of conscience and/or religion of those
citizens who conscientiously object to participating in any way in the military and its
associated activities which train people to kill and use violence.
Therefore, they call on the Parliament of Canada to establish the peace tax legislation
by passing into law private member's Bill C-348, the conscientious objection act, which I
have had the honour to table. The bill recognizes the right of conscientious objectors to
not pay for the military but to apply that portion of their taxes that was to be used for
military purposes toward peaceful, non-military purposes within the powers of