Thousands of Ontarians have signed petitions and sent on-line submissions urging Premier Dalton McGuinty to retain the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of each day in the Legislature.
McGuinty says he believes that the Ontario legislative day should begin with a more inclusive opening that reflects the province’s diverse communities. “We continue to change as a province, as a society in terms of our makeup and our cultures and our faiths, and I think we have got a responsibility to ensure that all people feel truly at home here.”
McGuinty, who is a Catholic (his mother opposes any change) pointed out that other legislatures have dealt with this issue by eliminating opening prayers altogether or substituting a moment of silence.
Conservative member Garfield Dunlop said he has personally received hundreds of e-mails with 90-95per cent expressing support for the Lord’s Prayer.
Conservative MPP Peter Shurman said that he does not have a problem with keeping the Lord’s Prayer even though he is Jewish (and a friend and former radio colleague of mine at CJAD in Montreal).
If you were a citizen of Ontario would you be inclined to retain the Lord’s Prayer or drop it?