To help educate and inform our members and the public about the positions of candidates in the 2013 BC General Election, we have created the following questionnaire that you can send to your local candidates.

The following survey has been sent to the leaders of the 25 registered political parties in BC in advance of the May 14, 2013 election. Results will be summarized and posted below as they arrive. Feel free to copy our letter and send it to your local candidates.

Responses received to date:

The BCHA is a non-partisan charitable organization and neither endorses or opposes any party or candidate.

Dear [candidate],

The BC Humanist Association is a provincial charity that has represented secular humanists, atheists, agnostics and the otherwise nonreligious community of BC for nearly 30 years. Humanism is an outlook and moral system based on ethics and justice. It rejects dogma and superstition in favour of human reason and the scientific method. Among other things, Humanists are concerned with the separation of church and state, education, LGBTQ rights, and the right to die with dignity.

As part of our mandate to provide education to our members and the general public, we ask that you respond to the following questions regarding your positions on the following issues.

1.       What is your religion and how does it influence your values?

2.      The BC Humanist Association was recently denied an application under the Marriage Act to appoint religious representatives to perform marriages. Humanist officiants are permitted in Ontario and Scotland but under BC law marriages may only be performed by government-hired civil marriage commissioners or religious organizations. Would you support amending the Marriage Act so nontheistic organizations would have an equal right to ordain marriage officiants as religious groups? Note that Scotland has recently amended its Marriage Act in this direction. [1]

3.       Several BC School Districts still permit the distribution of Gideon Bibles to grade 5 students. Would you support using Section 76 of the School Act to end the distribution of sectarian religious materials in public schools? [2]

4.       Do you support increasing funding to the public school system by ending the government funding to private and independent schools, many of which are religious sectarian schools which discriminate in hiring and enrolment?

5.       Would you ensure that the study of evolution and scientific explanations for the origin of the universe are incorporated into science and biology courses throughout the K-12 curriculum?

6.       Would you ensure that an adequate course on sexual education, including gender and gay/lesbian/transgender/bisexual studies and how to effectively use contraceptives, is mandatory in the first year of high school?

7.       Do you agree with the scientific consensus that climate change is human caused and a growing threat?

8.       Would you support, as Newfoundland and Quebec have done, ending the BC Legislature opening prayer, or alternatively including Humanist speakers?

9.       Would you support implementing legislation similar to Quebec to protect the right to die with dignity? [3]

Please feel free to get in touch with us for more information on these issues. Thank-you for your time.







76 (1) All schools and Provincial schools must be conducted on strictly secular and non-sectarian principles.

(2) The highest morality must be inculcated, but no religious dogma or creed is to be taught in a school or Provincial school.


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