Federal Voting Records

MP Filomena Tassi

Liberal Party, Hamilton West - Ancaster - Dundas, ON

Bio

Filomena Tassi
Not Supportable
CLC rating: Pro-abortion
Rating Comments: Tassi, who is a former Catholic school trustee and who now works as a chaplain at a Catholic school, told the media she opposes criminalizing abortion, while at the same time, paradoxically, describing herself as “pro-life”. Besides displaying an extreme state of cognitive dissonance, this position is totally contrary to the pro-life beliefs of the Catholic Church. The Church fully supports legal protection for children in the womb. When asked how she would vote on pro-life bills given Trudeau’s edict that all Liberal MPs must vote in favour of abortion, she said she’d have to wait to see the bill in question before deciding. In CLC’s view, opposing the criminalization of abortion is the same as supporting abortion, which is clearly a pro-abortion stance.
Percentage in last election: 45% (2015)
Victory margin last election: 12% (2015)
Religion / Faith: dissenting Catholic

Contact

Filomena Tassi
Parliamentary Office
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Tel: 613-992-1034
Fax: 613-992-1050
Constituency Offices
1686 Main Street West, Unit 4
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 0A2
Tel: 905-529-5435
Fax: 905-529-4123

Votes

Here is Filomena Tassi's voting record relating to life and family issues:

Votes, Surveys and Policy Decision Vote Score
Not Supportable
Conservative Motion (Vote #459) to exempt some (but not all) employers from having to sign an attestation in support of Justin Trudeau’s personal, Liberal social values, as a pre-condition to access federal funding to hire students via the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The motion sought to exempt organizations that engage in activities such as feeding the homeless and helping refugees from have to affirm their agreement with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal values.
This was a clever trap to get Liberals on record voting to defund organizations that feed the hungry and serve refugees. As far as a political shaming exercise goes, it was effective, with all but one Liberal MP voting to not allow conscientious objection by employers (of a non-political non-activist nature) from having to pledge loyalty to abortion and transgender ideology, in exchange for federal funds. Liberal and NDP MPs voted almost unanimously against the motion, revealing just how radically devoted to in-utero child-killing they are. The shame heaped on those rabidly pro-abortion MPs is well-deserved, and so, Campaign Life Coalition has given them a negative score for this vote. All Conservative MPs who were present voted in favour of the motion. Nonetheless, CLC cannot count this a positive vote because the motion was half-hearted, cowardly, and represented a betrayal of the pro-life movement, surrendering pro-life organizations to continued Liberal tyranny. The motion does not seek to protect ALL Canadian employers from being coerced to pledge fealty to abortion and transgender ideology in exchange for government funding. Another major problem was that implicit in the motion, the Scheer Conservatives gave tacit approval for Justin Trudeau to continue his ideological discrimination against some employers. Namely, those employers who engage in pro-life “political activist work”. Why should Conservatives betray front line workers in the pro-life movement to this Liberal tyranny? Why is it acceptable to violate our constitutional rights to freedom of religion and conscience? Are our rights any less important than those of other employers? It is our tax money that is being distributed too. Our conscience rights are to be respected, as are those of every other Canadian citizen. The Scheer Conservatives threw under the bus, the many front-line pro-life workers in organizations like Campaign Life Coalition, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform and Toronto Right To Life, who sacrifice so much to save preborn human lives. This motion could have protected all Canadians, but the Conservatives chose not to protect us all from Justin Trudeau’s ideological coercion. As a pro-life party Leader, Andrew Scheer could also have chosen to use this motion to advance debate on abortion and the right to life. Instead, he passed up that opportunity by carefully avoiding any mention of the word “abortion” in the motion itself, as well as in any comments made by himself or other MPs. It seems reasonable to conclude that orders were given by Scheer’s office that Conservative MPs must not mention the A-word. This represents a second betrayal. For this reason, Yes votes by Conservative MPs have been scored as neutral. [Vote March 19, 2018 - defeated 207 to 93]
No bad
Amendment to protect freedom of conscience for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and healthcare institutions to refuse to participate in euthanasia, either directly or indirectly
Conservative MP Michael Cooper proposed this amendment to the Liberal government’s pro-euthanasia Bill C-14, so as to protect the freedoms of conscience and religion for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers and institutions to refuse to participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, either directly by committing the murder, or indirectly by referring the patient to be killed by someone else. Tragically, the common sense amendment was defeated by a vote of 97 Yeas to 222 Nays. Basically, almost all Conservatives voted well, and virtually all Liberals, NDP and Bloc MPs voted to crush freedom of conscience. [May 30, 2016, Vote No. 72]
No bad
Bill C14 - 3rd reading of Liberal gvmt bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide
This horrible Bill, introduced on April 14, 2016 by Justin Trudeau's Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, would institute a killing regime in Canada under which doctors, nurses and even average people assigned by a doctor, will be permitted to kill their patients. The bill uses an innocuous-sounding phrase - medical assistance in dying - to hide the ugly reality of a state-sponsored killing apparatus that would allow most ordinary Canadians to participate in causing the death of their fellow citizens. This reckless bill will lead to wide open euthanasia-on-demand, just as they have in the Netherlands and Belgium where child euthanasia and the killing of depressed persons is permitted. [Passed May 31, 2016 by a vote of 186 Ayes to 137 Nays]
Yes bad
Bill C225 - 2nd reading of 'Cassie & Molly's Law' bill, which would amend the Criminal Code to make it a separate offence to kill or injure a preborn child while committing violent crime against a woman while knowing she is pregnant. It would also add stiff minimum sentences if the unborn child is killed or injured.
This excellent Bill, introduced on February 23, 2016 by Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall, and co-sponsored by Conservative MP Rachael Harder, would bridge a terrible gap in Canada’s criminal justice system by increasing respect for the dignity and intrinsic worth of preborn children. [Defeated October 19, 2016 by a vote of 76 Ayes to 209 Nays]
No bad
Bill C14 - 4th reading of a bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide (after it was amended by the Senate)
The passage of this monstrous Bill, introduced on April 14, 2016 by Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, institutes a killing regime in Canada under which government-approved conditions have been established for putting citizens to death. The innocuous-sounding phrase "medical assistance in dying" has been employed to hide the reality of a remarkably broad state-sponsored killing apparatus that now allows most ordinary Canadians to participate in causing the death of some of C-14's victims. This carefully-constructed, euthemistic phrase "medical assistance in dying" indicates only that medication is to be involved in the actual killing; it does not indicate that a doctor or a nurse must be present to oversee that actual administration of the lethal medication in all cases. Once dispensed, deadly medication can be adminstered by "any person" of the age of majority. Thus, in some circumstances, Bill C-14 goes beyond what the now-obsolete phrase "doctor-assited suicide" envisaged; now, there is not even a requirement for a healthcare professional to witness every euthanasia killing that takes place. [Vote June 16, 2016 - passed 190 to 108]
Yes bad
Bill C16 - 2nd reading of a Bill to amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to add "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.
This totalitarian Bill, introduced by Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on May 17, 2016, would invent, in law, a new breed of human person out of those suffering from Gender Identity Disorder, and threatens to punish those who refuse to affirm transexualized alter-egos, using the state's dragnet of "hate propaganda". [Passed October 18, 2016 by a vote of 248 Ayes to 40 Nays]
Yes bad
Bill C45 - 2nd reading of a bill to legalize the possession and recreational use of cannabis (commonly known as marijuana).
Dubbed the Cannabis Act, this irresponsible bill was introduced on April 13, 2017 by Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. Though purportedly introduced to help keep marijuana out of the hands of children, Bill C45 would actaully have the opposite effect. The bill would not only legalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis by individuals 18 years of age and over for purely recreational use, but it would also remove any criminal penalties for children aged 12 to 17 who possess up to five grams of marijuana, and would further allow people to freely grow marijuana in their own homes, even if children are present. This would make marijuana more accessible than ever before to children from the hands of possessing adults, and the dramatically increased access and societal acceptance of open marijuana use would excite the appeal and desirability of this dangerous, mind-impairing gateway drug among children and youth. [Vote June 8, 2017 - passed 200 to 76]
Yes bad
Bill C45 - 3rd reading of a bill to legalize the possession and recreational use of cannabis (commonly known as marijuana).
Dubbed the Cannabis Act, this irresponsible bill was introduced on April 13, 2017 by Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. Though purportedly introduced to help keep marijuana out of the hands of children, Bill C45 would actaully have the opposite effect. The bill would not only legalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis by individuals 18 years of age and over for purely recreational use, but it would also remove any criminal penalties for children aged 12 to 17 who possess up to five grams of marijuana, and would further allow people to freely grow marijuana in their own homes, even if children are present. This would make marijuana more accessible than ever before to children from the hands of possessing adults, and the dramatically increased access and societal acceptance of open marijuana use would excite the appeal and desirability of this dangerous, mind-impairing gateway drug among children and youth. [Vote Nov. 27, 2017 - passed 200 to 82]
Yes bad

Quotes

Here are quotes from Filomena Tassi on various life and family issues:

Speaking to her dislike of the pro-life activism, especially near school campuses:  “...I worked as a high school chaplain for 20 years. There was more than one occasion when I went to school that there was a group of demonstrators outside the school holding pictures of aborted fetuses. As students went into the school, they had to look at those pictures. They had no choice. As a chaplain in the school, I then had a number of those students come to me. They were devastated at what they saw...The attestation is not about values and beliefs. I am a big believer in charitable work. The attestation is about activities. Our government is trying to get at the activity I just mentioned. Does the hon. member believe activities of holding pictures of aborted fetuses for young girls to see as they enter their high schools is an activity a government should fund?” [Parliamentary Hansard, "Opposition Motion—Canada Summer Jobs Program Business of Supply Government Orders", March 1, 2018.]

On abortion legislation:  "I'm not for criminalization, but you know what? You've got to see that (the bill)….No one can say categorically whether they would support something like that or not support something like that... Let's see what you are showing me and then I will make the decision…. I understand and accept the fact that there is a legal right for a woman to have an abortion. I'm doing nothing to touch this... It's a decided matter. The courts decided what it is... " [The Hamilton Spectator, 'Pro-life Liberal candidate won’t rule out voting on abortion law', November 27, 2014]

Beliefs should not stop organisations from signing up for summer jobs; beliefs are not the same as actions:  “Madam Speaker, I listened to the opposition House leader's speech, and there is something we completely disagree on. This is not about beliefs. This is about activities.
Again, I refer to the supplementary information, which is on the government website, which clarifies what the attestation says...it refers to a faith-based organization with anti-abortion beliefs that applies for funding to hire students to serve meals to the homeless. Does it qualify? Yes, it does.
I would ask the opposition House leader to acknowledge that this is about activities. It is clear on the website. The attestation can be signed, referencing the supplementary information. Does she not recognize that this is about activities and it is not about beliefs?”
[Parliamentary Hansard, "Opposition Motion—Canada Summer Jobs Program Business of Supply Government Orders", March 1, 2018.]

Questionnaire

Here are the answers for the questionnaire as provided by Filomena Tassi on 2015.

Question Response
Do you believe that life begins at conception (fertilization)? --
If elected, will you strive to introduce and pass laws to protect unborn children from the time of conception (fertilization) onward? No (based on Trudeau edict)
If elected, would you support all legislative or policy proposals that would result in a meaningful increase of respect and protection for unborn human life? No (based on Trudeau edict)
Are there any circumstances under which you believe a woman should have access to abortion? (note: Medical treatments to save the life of a mother and which result in the UNINTENDED death of her unborn child, are NOT abortions. Eg. in case of tubal pregnancy or cervical cancer) All circumstances (based on Trudeau edict)
If elected, will you oppose any legislative or regulatory measures designed to permit the deliberate killing (euthanasia) of a human being regardless of age, state of health, or "anticipated quality of life" or designed to permit "doctor-assisted suicide"? unknown

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