The second reading of Bill # 22 passed 100% as did the past ones at second reading. The trouble always comes with the next step, third and final reading. We MUST group TOGETHER to carry out the next step to ensure that this the FIFTH grandparent bill since 1997 will be a home run!
First of all I have a shout out of “GRAND Job and roses” for Kim Craitor for presenting his grandparents bill for the FOURTH time. Please do send Kim a letter or email of gratitude to: 3930 Montrose Road, Suite 8 Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3C9 905-357-0681 F: 905-357-9456 Kim@KimCraitor.com or 80 Grosvenor Street, 6th Floor Hepburn Block Toronto, ON M7A 1E9 416-325-1648 F: 416-212-7155 Kim@KimCraitor.com or online at: http://www.kimcraitor.com/Contact.aspx
Secondly I have to say I was VERY disappointed with the denied access grandparents who did NOT show up. This is YOUR Issues and you need to attend these events to show the MP’s you truly WANT change! We ALL need to stand up and be counted to create the change that will help our grandchildren.
Thirdly I am very, very grateful and proud of the following folks for taking their time and money to attend:
To Brian Jacques and Aaron Neaves – Union reps for Chatham
To Darlene Hachey – Union Rep who took the train from Windsor!
To Arron’s lovely wife for ‘leaking’ (crying) along with me during the session!
To Lucknow CANGRANDS chapter Leader Audrey Meikle, who brought along her mother, hubby Alex, sister Phyllis, and son Steven !
To Seaforth CANGRANDS chapter Denise Morris who drove in from Seaforth.
To Diana Brammall who joined CANGRANDS the day before yet came from the other side of Chatham to show her support as she is denied access to her step grandchild.
To Mr. & Mrs. Alexandra who drove in from Brooklin and created ‘grandparent’ packages for EVERY MP!
I would also like to thank all the folks the MP’s mentioned who either signed and or gathered petitions, wrote personal letters or visited them to share their heartache! As well as the many companies who wrote letters of support that were also mentioned today.
Finally I would like to thank ALL the MP’s (less than 20 of them) who were actually ‘at work’ in Parliment on Thursday. Those that were they all voted and supported Bill # 22!
Now here is the next plan of action and PLEASE do your part!
Anyone who supports children seeing their grandparents are asked to get a picture frame and mail it (free) to your local MP with a note asking them to pass it on to the Attorney General with a request that Bill 22 be given a third and final reading and be passed! If you are denied access please write on the glass ‘Have you seen my grandchild? I have not!’
Also continue to gather signatures for the Bill 22 petition and mail to Kim!
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