Martin Tampier

Martin Tampier is a freelance writer, blogger, and a professional engineer (consultant) by trade. Of German extraction, Martin came to Canada in 1999 and lives with his wife and son in Laval, QC.

Most Recent Articles by Martin Tampier:

Protecting transgender people from Bill C-16

May 10, 2017 — Martin Tampier

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
May 10, 2017
Re. Protecting transgender people from Bill C-16

Dear Prime Minster,

The Liberal Party election platform made science-based policies a central element of its approach to governance. It now seems that some of the bills your government is pushing are in blatant contradiction to scientific knowledge.

Canada’s Bill C-16: Transgenderism and the Loss of Common Sense

Apr 29, 2017 — Martin Tampier

Bill C-16 is intended to add the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act. The Bill also “amends the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in that Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression,” leading many to believe it will lead to a severe restriction of open public discourse on this topic once the bill is passed. Forty Conservative members of parliament (MPs) have voted against passing this bill on to the Senate after its second reading in the fall of 2016. At the time of writing, it was at its second reading in the Senate. It would become law if approved by the Senate at its third reading.

The bill has been criticized because it is said to be unnecessary (transsexuals are already protected against discrimination under the current Human Rights Act) and violates the conscience of many Canadians by imposing the government’s views by law. The following four key issues with this bill are submitted for due consideration by our lawgivers and all others.

Now that assisted suicide is legal in Canada

Jan 11, 2017 — Martin Tampier

Parliament felt last summer that it had to follow the Supreme Court’s 2015 Carter vs. Canada decision by allowing Canadians access to assisted suicide. Although this feeling was incorrect, Parliament at least attempted to limit the applicability of the law by restricting it to the terminally ill and those approaching the end of their lives.

Parliament’s Real Chance to Speak for Life in Euthanasia Quagmire

May 24, 2016 — Martin Tampier

On May 30, the Canadian Parliament will vote on Bill C-14, tabled to provide a legal framework for euthanasia in Canada. If current trends hold, this means Canada will join a number of other jurisdictions where euthanasia has been legalized for some time, leading to sharply increasing assisted suicide rates for a very broad number of reasons, making this form of death a potential default option in those societies.

China, Canada, the Olympics, and Human Rights

Feb 12, 2010 — Martin Tampier

Canada will open its arms to athletes from over 80 nations. As Olympic hosts, we do not discriminate between countries whose governments do or do not share our values. And rightly so, many will say, for the Olympics are about sports and not about politics. Yet, this is only part of the truth. The Olympic Games always contain a strong political element. The decision of the IOC to hold the Games in Beijing in 2008 was clearly a political one. Holding the Games always includes the desire to bring different cultures and political convictions together, overcome diplomatic obstacles, and promote international harmony, peace, and human dignity.

Why Canada Should Boycott the Beijing Olympics

Dec 18, 2007 — Martin Tampier

In 2010, the world will get together in Vancouver-Whistler for the Olympic Winter Games. We will welcome them to an open society that appreciates different cultures and grants its citizens the freedoms that are so important to living with of dignity. Not so next year, at the Beijing Olympics.

China has been, and still is today, a society that denies these rights and freedoms to its citizens. You may have heard about their killing prisoners to sell the organs to Western customers. Or their disregard of local residents in their rapid expansion of construction, industry and power generation projects.