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Vic Toews against Bill 18

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CANADA'S public safety minister and senior MP for Manitoba, Vic Toews, said in a letter he believes the NDP's Bill 18 violates Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The letter, a mass mail-out to Toews' constituents, was posted on Steinbach Progressive Conservative MLA Kelvin Goertzen's Facebook page Friday.

Toews said as a federal minister he can't take any legislative or other action on Bill 18, but he does not support it because it infringes on freedom of religion.

"If the provincial legislature does not amend Bill 18 to address concerns of faith-based organizations, schools and communities, the only remedy may be an application to the courts to decide if the legislation is compliant with Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms," Toews said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 9, 2013 A12

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