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« La reconnaissance de notre œuvre au Québec »

La prédication dans la province du Québec était un véritable défi. L’église catholique était présente dans pratiquement tous les aspects de la vie publique.

Au début des années 40, la persécution s’est vraiment intensifiée. De nombreux Témoins ont été arrêtés sous toutes sortes de prétextes. Le colportage sans autorisation était le principal prétexte utilisé. Les Témoins de Jéhovah étaient emprisonnés pour simple possession d’ouvrages religieux. La situation était devenue tellement difficile au Québec qu’on a décidé de faire circuler une pétition, pétition qui a d’ailleurs été diffusée dans tout le Canada. C’était une demande faite au gouvernement du Québec de mettre fin à cette persécution. Chose intéressante : 600 000 personnes ont signé la pétition.

Les Témoins ont distribué un tract enflammé intitulé : « La haine ardente du Québec ». Ce tract dévoilait ce que subissait vraiment les Témoins, ce que faisait les policiers, les arrestations illégales, les émeutes et dans l’espace de 4 mois, il y a eu 800 nouveaux procès. Donc pour 400 Témoins de Jéhovah, il y a eu 1600 procès. Les affaires portées en justice sont devenues de plus en plus graves car les frères étaient désormais accusés de sédition. S’ils étaient jugés coupables, ils pouvaient être condamnés à 10 voire 12 à15 ans de prison.

Il y a un frère, Aimé Boucher, qui a été arrêté et accusé de sédition. Aimé Boucher était un frère très pauvre qui habitait une région rurale du Québec. Il est d’ailleurs venu au Tribunal avec sa charrette tirée par un bœuf. Sur le chemin du Tribunal, il prêchait encore et il a été donc arrêté de nouveau. A l’issue du procès, il a été condamné et déclaré coupable de sédition. Son affaire a été portée devant la Cour d’appel et à cette époque, la Cour d’appel du Québec était très hostile aux Témoins. Il a donc perdu en appel. L’affaire a donc été portée devant la Cour suprême du Canada. A cette époque, plusieurs frères et sœurs avaient été accusés de sédition. Donc si frère Boucher perdait son procès, plusieurs frères et sœurs seraient condamnés à de très longues peines de prison

Frère Boucher a perdu son procès devant la Cour suprême à une voix près. Tous les juges catholiques se sont prononcés contre lui et ils ont jugés que le tract « La haine ardente du Québec» était de nature séditieuse. Nos avocats ont examiné la situation, ils ont prié à ce sujet et ils se sont dit : « Que va-t-on faire ?  On ne peut pas perdre cette bataille». Puis ils ont appris qu’au Canada, il existait une clause très rarement exploitée consistant à demander à la Cour suprême la révision d’un procès. Au cours de la nouvelle audience, l’un des juges catholiques voulait encore débattre de la question de la sédition. Pour être déclaré coupable de sédition, il fallait une incitation à la violence. Notre avocat a donc demandé ; « Regardez le dossier s’il vous plaît. Montrez à la Cour, là où les Témoins de Jéhovah ont incité à la violence ». Ils ont finalement réussi à convaincre la Cour qu’ils avaient tort. Le jugement initial a donc été renversé et frère Boucher a été acquitté.

Cette victoire a mis fin à toutes les accusations de sédition ainsi qu’aux persécutions brutales car le gouvernement pensait bien gagner cette affaire-là.

Une autre affaire importante a eu lieu au Québec. C’est le cas d’un prêtre qui a téléphoné à la police fédérale pour lui demander d’interrompre une réunion des Témoins de Jéhovah et d’expulser l’orateur hors de la province du Québec. Les policiers ont obéi au prêtre. Ils sont arrivés sur les lieux de la réunion, ont pris le frère et l’ont escorté jusqu’en Ontario, la province voisine. Interrompre un office religieux était un acte criminel. Pour la première fois, au niveau de la Cour suprême, les 3 policiers qui avaient interrompu l’office, ont été condamnés à indemniser le préjudice moral causé au frère. Cela n’était jamais arrivé auparavant.

Quand l’affaire a été portée à la Cour suprême, il a été jugé à l’unanimité que la province du Québec était coupable.

Les textes actuels sur la liberté de religion résultent de ces procès. Chaque avocat canadien, que ce soit au Québec ou au Canada anglophone, doit revoir au cours de ses études en droit, ces affaires juridiques. Ces textes sont à la base de la liberté de religion. Qu’ils traitent de différents domaines, des interventions de la police, de celles du gouvernement, et des actions criminelles. Ces cas ont posé un bon fondement pour les libertés dont nous jouissons aujourd’hui.

Notre objectif est de pouvoir prêcher la bonne nouvelle et d’attirer l’attention des personnes sur la Bible. Mais nos affaires en justice ont aidé des gouvernements, des Tribunaux, des juges et des fonctionnaires à avoir le bon point de vue sur la liberté de religion.

Questions du Cahier Vie chrétienne et Ministère :

Quelles difficultés nos frères ont-ils connues au Québec ?

 

 

 

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Quel tract spécial ont-ils diffusé, et quel en a été le résultat ?

 

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Qu’est-ce qui est arrivé à frère Aimé Boucher ?

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Quelle a été la décision de la Cour suprême du Canada concernant l’affaire de frère Boucher ?

 

 

 

 

À quelle disposition légale très rarement exploitée les frères ont-ils eu recours, et qu’en est-il résulté ?

 

 

 

 

Que s’est-il passé quand, sous les ordres d’un prêtre, des policiers ont interrompu un office des Témoins de Jéhovah ?

 

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Livre Prédicateurs chapitre 30

La Société a organisé une assemblée spéciale à Montréal les 2 et 3 novembre 1946. Les différents orateurs ont donné un aperçu de la position des Témoins de Jéhovah à la lumière tant des Écritures que de la loi du pays. Ensuite, on a annoncé une campagne de diffusion, en 16 jours et dans tout le pays, du tract La haine ardente du Québec pour Dieu, pour Christ et pour la liberté, est un sujet de honte pour tout le Canada, et cela en anglais, en français et en ukrainien. Ce tract relatait en détail les violences exercées par les foules et les autres atrocités commises à l’encontre des Témoins de Jéhovah du Québec.

Un deuxième tract intitulé Québec, tu as trahi ton peuple! a ensuite été publié.

Au Québec, le nombre des arrestations est monté en flèche. Pour remédier à la situation, la filiale de la Société Watch Tower au Canada a créé un service juridique avec des représentants à la fois à Toronto et à Montréal. Le public canadien a protesté avec vigueur lorsqu’il a appris par voie de presse que Maurice Duplessis, premier ministre du Québec, avait volontairement provoqué la faillite du restaurant tenu par un Témoin de Jéhovah, Frank Roncarelli, pour la simple raison qu’il payait la caution de ses compagnons dans la foi. Puis, le 2 mars 1947, les Témoins de Jéhovah ont lancé une pétition nationale invitant les Canadiens à demander au gouvernement l’adoption d’une Déclaration des droits. Ils ont recueilli plus de 500 000 signatures. C’était la pétition la plus importante jamais présentée au Parlement canadien. L’année suivante, une autre pétition, qui a eu encore plus de succès, est venue appuyer la première.

Pendant ce temps, la Société a choisi deux affaires qui pourraient faire jurisprudence pour interjeter appel devant la Cour suprême du Canada. L’une d’elles, l’affaire Aimé Boucher contre Sa Majesté le Roi, avait pour objet l’accusation de sédition qui avait été maintes fois lancée contre les Témoins.

L’affaire Boucher avait trait à la participation d’Aimé Boucher, paisible agriculteur, à la diffusion du tract La haine ardente du Québec. Était-ce séditieux de sa part de faire connaître les violences exercées par les foules contre les Témoins du Québec, de montrer le peu de respect que les personnalités auxquelles les Témoins avaient affaire manifestaient pour la loi, et d’apporter la preuve que ces actions étaient menées à l’instigation des évêques et d’autres membres du clergé catholique?

Un juge de la Cour suprême qui a analysé le tract diffusé a déclaré: “Le document était intitulé ‘La haine ardente du Québec pour Dieu, pour Christ et pour la liberté, est un sujet de honte pour tout le Canada’. Il consistait d’abord en un appel au calme et à la raison lancé à ceux qui allaient examiner les questions annoncées par ce titre; ensuite, en un aperçu de la vive persécution dont les Témoins, en tant que frères du Christ, sont victimes au Québec; puis en une relation plus détaillée de cas précis de persécution; enfin, en un appel aux habitants de la province, pour protester contre la loi de la rue et les méthodes dignes de la Gestapo, afin que, grâce à l’étude de la Parole de Dieu et à l’obéissance à ses commandements, puisse se produire une ‘abondante moisson de bons fruits d’amour pour Lui, pour le Christ et pour la liberté humaine’.”

La Cour suprême a cassé la sentence rendue contre Aimé Boucher, mais trois des cinq juges ont simplement ordonné un nouveau procès. Les juridictions inférieures allaient-elles rendre un jugement impartial? L’avocat des Témoins de Jéhovah a alors demandé que la Cour suprême entende elle-même l’affaire une deuxième fois. Aussi étonnant que cela puisse paraître, la Cour a accepté. Or, durant la période d’instruction du dossier, le nombre des juges de la Cour suprême a augmenté, et l’un des juges a changé d’avis. C’est ainsi qu’en décembre 1950 frère Boucher a été acquitté par cinq voix contre quatre.

 

Livre Le Royaume en action chapitre 13

Au cours des années 1940, les Témoins du Canada subissent une opposition féroce. En 1946, pour dénoncer publiquement le mépris de l’État envers la liberté de culte, nos frères organisent une campagne de 16 jours durant laquelle ils distribuent un tract intitulé La haine ardente du Québec pour Dieu, pour Christ et pour la liberté, est un sujet de honte pour tout le Canada. Ce tract de quatre pages décrit les émeutes organisées par le clergé, les brutalités policières, ainsi que les violences perpétrées par des foules à l’encontre de nos frères de la province du Québec. « Les arrestations illégales des témoins de Jéhovah se continuent », y lit-on. « Il y a plus de 800 accusations portées contre les témoins de Jéhovah dans le Grand Montréal. »

Le Premier ministre du Québec, Maurice Duplessis, très proche du cardinal Villeneuve, réagit au tract en déclarant une « guerre sans merci » aux Témoins. Le nombre de procédures double rapidement, passant à 1 600. « La police nous arrêtait si souvent que nous avons cessé de compter », se rappellera une pionnière. Les proclamateurs qui sont pris à distribuer le tract sont inculpés de diffusion d’écrits séditieux.

En 1947, frère Aimé Boucher et ses filles, Gisèle et Lucille, âgées respectivement de 18 et 11 ans, sont les premiers à être jugés pour sédition. Ils ont effectivement distribué des tracts Haine ardente du Québec près de leur ferme, dans les collines au sud de Québec, mais il est difficile de voir en eux des fauteurs de troubles sans foi ni loi. Frère Boucher est un homme humble et doux qui s’occupe paisiblement de sa petite ferme et se rend de temps en temps en ville avec sa charrette. Sa famille a pourtant subi quelques-uns des mauvais traitements mentionnés dans le tract. Leur innocence crève les yeux, mais le juge de première instance, qui déteste les Témoins, refuse de la reconnaître. Il prend le parti de l’accusation, qui soutient que, le tract incitant à la malveillance, les Boucher sont coupables. Son point de vue se résume donc ainsi : Dire la vérité est un crime ! Aimé et Gisèle sont condamnés pour diffamation séditieuse, et la petite Lucille elle-même a droit à deux jours de prison. Les frères font appel devant la Cour suprême du Canada, la plus haute juridiction du pays, qui accepte d’entendre l’affaire.

Pendant ce temps, nos courageux frères et sœurs du Québec continuent de prêcher le Royaume. La fréquence et la violence des agressions ne diminuent pas, mais les résultats sont là : Au cours des quatre années qui suivent la diffusion du tract en 1946, le nombre des Témoins au Québec passe de 300 à 1 000 !

En juin 1950, les neuf juges de la Cour suprême du Canada en formation plénière examinent l’affaire Boucher. Six mois plus tard, le 18 décembre, ils rendent une décision en notre faveur. Frère Glen How, l’un de nos avocats, expliquera que la cour a accepté l’argument de la défense selon lequel la « sédition » sous-entend l’incitation à la violence ou à l’insurrection contre le gouvernement. Or le tract « ne contenait, observera-t-il, aucune incitation de ce genre et constituait, dès lors, un exercice légal de la liberté d’expression ». Et de conclure : « J’étais aux premières loges pour constater que Jéhovah nous avait accordé la victoire. »

La décision de la Cour suprême constitue une victoire retentissante pour le Royaume de Dieu. Elle permet de classer 122 autres affaires dans lesquelles des Témoins du Québec sont inculpés de sédition. Elle accorde aussi aux citoyens du Canada, et du Commonwealth en général, la liberté de s’exprimer sur les méthodes de l’État. Enfin, elle stoppe net l’attaque menée par le tandem Église-État contre les libertés des Témoins de Jéhovah.

 

 

 

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      (NOTICIAS YA).-Tres personas que fueron detenidas cuando, desnudas, habían secuestrado a una familia, eran miembros de la iglesia de los Testigos de Jehová quienes estaban seguros de la inminente y pronta llegada del fin del mundo, de acuerdo a nuevos documentos de la corte.
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      En noviembre de 2017, este caso fue noticia luego de que autoridades canadienses atendieran un llamado de emergencia por un choque en un parque industrial. Cuando la policía llegó, encontraron a un grupo de personas cantando “Jehová” y negándose a salir del vehículo.
      Dentro del vehículo, un BMW blanco, estaban cinco personas, cuatro de ellas estaban desnudas a pesar de las bajas temperaturas, que llegaban a menos de 10 grados Celsius, o 14 Fahrenheit.
      Las personas en el auto, de acuerdo a las declaraciones de la policía, presentaron “extrema resistencia y fuerza” a la hora de negarse a ser detenidos y al recibir descargas eléctricas de la policía.
      Leer más: https://noticiasya.com/las-vegas/2018/09/27/testigos-de-jehova-desnudos-raptaron-a-familia-esperando-el-armagedon/
    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      Court document reveals more details in bizarre naked kidnapping case in Alberta
        Chris Purdy LEDUC, Alta. The Canadian Press Published 2 days agoUpdated September 24, 2018 They thought it was Armageddon and wanted to save their neighbours.
      They believed police were monsters. They showed super strength after being pepper sprayed and Tasered.
      And all but one of them were naked because, with the end of the world, they didn’t have time to get dressed.
      A court document has provided more details in a bizarre naked kidnapping case that happened last year south of Edmonton, but some questions remain. Two women and one man, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, each pleaded guilty in Leduc provincial court last week to a charge of unlawful confinement. One of the women also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. Her two teenage daughters were involved in the case, but not charged.
      The girls’ father, who was not part of the group, has said the five may have unknowingly drank some hallucinogenic tea. But the agreed statement of facts submitted in court says alcohol and drugs were not factors and there is no mention of tea in the document. The group, who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, had gathered at a home near Leduc on Nov. 2. The mother, who was then 35, had taken her daughters there to visit her 27-year old nephew and his 30-year old wife.
      But over the next three days, the court document says they didn’t leave the house and they barely ate. One of the teens recalls watching movies but also hearing screaming and banging and seeing ashes in the air. Some of the five hid in a bedroom or a bathroom.
      “They did so because they believed that they were in danger, either from bad or wicked people outside or from demons,” says the document.
      It says the group believed that the Great Tribulation had happened and Nov. 6 was Armageddon. So they rushed off to find safety and save a neighbouring family.
      “Four who were naked were changing but they had to leave right away because it was unsafe, so they left without clothes,” the document says.
      The mother, the only one dressed, drove them all in a BMW SUV but was in such a hurry she went through the garage door. When the vehicle headed to the neighbours’ home, it apparently bent a metal gate.
      The neighbours – a man, his adult daughter and her six-week-old son – were forced out of their house and into the snow without shoes, the document says. The woman and her baby were put in the back seat with the teen girls, who were naked under a blanket. The man was put in the trunk and ordered to chant “Jehovah” ten times.
      The group also chanted “Jehovah” as the SUV sped down roads and went through a red light on the way to nearby Nisku, says the document.
      Because the trunk didn’t latch shut, the man was able to climb out when the vehicle slowed. His daughter, after getting her hand slammed in the door of the SUV, was able to get out with her baby. A passing truck stopped to help the trio and they climbed inside.
      The document says the SUV then rammed the truck from behind and the woman and her baby were thrown into the truck’s dash, although they were not injured. The SUV then went into a ditch.
      When Mounties arrived, the group continued to chant and refused to get out, at times clinging to the vehicle and each other. One of the teens believed the police “were monsters who would kill them,” says the document. Officers said the people in the SUV “displayed extreme strength.” Two were unaffected by pepper spray. The three adults were also shot with Tasers between two and four times before they relented, although one then slid under the vehicle and had to be dragged out with a strap.
      The neighbours later told police the group seemed “demonized” and “obviously not in their right minds.”
      A judge has ordered pre-sentence reports and risk assessments, which could include psychological testing.
      The three adult offenders are to return to court for sentencing Dec. 20.
      ---------------------------------------------
      I wonder when we will be seeing this news on the JW.ORG Web Site?
    • By The Librarian
      The Supreme Court of Canada concluded that disfellowshipping procedures “are not adversarial, but are meant to restore the member to the Congregation.”
      Source
    • By The Librarian
      OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada says a Jehovah's Witness who was expelled from his Calgary congregation cannot take his case to a judge.
      In a decision today, the high court says the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has no jurisdiction to review the congregation's decision to shun Randy Wall over alleged drunkenness and verbal abuse.
      Several religious organizations took an active interest in the case, given questions about the degree to which the courts can review such decisions by faith-based bodies.
      Wall, an independent realtor, was summoned in 2014 to appear before the judicial committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, a four-person panel of elders.
      He admitted to two episodes of drunkenness and, on one of those occasions, verbally abusing his wife -- wrongdoing he attributed to family stress over the earlier expulsion of his 15-year old daughter from the congregation.
      The judicial committee told Wall that he, too, would be expelled because he was not sufficiently repentant.
      https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/jehovah-s-witness-cannot-appeal-expulsion-to-a-judge-supreme-court-1.3953336
    • By Kurt
      History Courtroom Charting the Charter Laurier Saumur

      Saumur v Quebec (City of) [1953] 2 S.C.R. 299 is a famous constitutional decision of the Supreme Court of Canada which struck down a municipal by-law prohibiting the distribution of literature to the public.
      Laurier Saumur (6 Feb. 1921 - 22 Mar. 2007) was born and raised Catholic, but grew disillusioned as a youth and studied the teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses. He was baptized as a Witness in 1944 and soon began to work as a door-to-door missionary for the Witnesses, first in Montreal and then in Quebec City. At the time, police harassment of Witnesses was widespread in Quebec, and Mr. Saumur had been arrested 103 times for distribution of Witness literature when he decided to challenge the legal basis for the arrests.
      A group of Jehovah's Witnesses, along with Saumur, challenged a Quebec City municipal by-law that prohibited the distribution of literature in the street without the proper authorization of the city's Chief of Police on the basis that it was outside of the municipality's jurisdiction and that it had the effect of religious and political censorship. The case reached the Supreme Court in 1953.
      In a 5 to 4 decision, the Court held that the subject matter of the law was in relation to "speech" or "religion" which were both in the exclusive legislative jurisdiction of the federal government. The majority noted that the law had the effect that the chief of police would act in the role of a censor, deciding whether certain literature was objectionable. The result, they observed, would be that unpopular groups such as the Jehovah's Witnesses would be censored.
      The dissent focused on the purpose of the law, observing that it was intended to protect the public and keep the streets clean. They found no basis for Saumur's claim that it prevented the Jehovah's Witnesses from their religious practice.
      This decision was subsequently used to dismiss more than 1000 cases against Witnesses in the Province of Quebec. It was one of a series of cases the Supreme Court dealt with concerning the rights of Jehovah's Witnesses under the Duplessis government of Quebec. Previous to this there was the case of R. v. Boucher [1951] S.C.R. 265 according to which mere criticism of the government does not constitute seditious libel. Subsequent to Saumur was the case of Roncarelli v. Duplessis [1959] S.C.R. 121 which punished Duplessis for revoking a Jehovah's Witness liquor license.
      source
    • By Bible Speaks
      New Judicial front against Watchtower
      In The Quebec Court, Canada, a lawsuit has been filed for 66 million Canadian dollars, against the organization of Jehovah's witnesses in Canada and the United States, on behalf of alleged victims of child abuse while they were Jehovah's Witnesses.
      We do not hide that opponents, who are led by professional apostates, are being organized as a group, to attack the finances of the Watchtower, trying for all the means to sink it economically.
      http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1059175/demande-recours-collectif-temoins-de-jehovah-ontario?fromBeta=true

    • By Bible Speaks
      The Quebec court requests the adoption of a collective demand for sexual abuse against Jehovah's witnesses
      A trial proposes to accuse the leadership of the religious organization in Canada and the United States to protect alleged abusers
      The lawsuit is looking for $ 250.000 per plaintiff for moral and punitive damages.
      Radio-Canada says that, if approved by the court, collective action will be the first of its kind against Jehovah's witnesses, a religious movement that is already the subject of several individual trials in the United States.
      It is now up to the québec high court to determine whether the application is sufficiently substantiated to authorize collective action.
      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-court-asked-to-approve-sexual-abuse-class-action-lawsuit-against-jehovah-s-witnesses-1.4293138

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Quebec provincial police are investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by two members of a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Mont-Laurier in the Laurentians, Radio-CanadaÂ’s investigative program Enquête has learned.
      Both men have been sanctioned through the churchÂ’s internal disciplinary process for dealing with allegations of child abuse, but congregation elders did not share their findings with civil authorities.
      One of the men being investigated, Michel Courtemanche, who has been expelled from the congregation, was acquitted of charges of sexual assault and indecent assault in 1996.
      However, the Sûreté du Québec has renewed its investigation of Courtemanche and has begun investigating another man, former congregation elder Georges Leclerc, based on new evidence from at least seven alleged victims.
      Leclerc has been stripped of his status as an elder, but he has not been arrested or charged, and he refused to speak with Enquête.
      Courtemanche has not been arrested or charged as a result of the new investigation and denies the allegations against him. In an interview with Enquête, he pointed to his 1996 acquittal.
      “My answer is there was a judgment on this based on very precise facts, and I was acquitted,” he said.
      At least 7 potential victims, police say
      Enquête spoke with Pénélope Herbert, the woman whose allegations of repeated sexual assaults starting when she was just 10 led to Courtemanche’s 1996 trial.  
      Carolle Poudrier, now in her mid-40s, also told Enquête of alleged sexual contact by Courtemanche, over a period of months when she was 11.
      In the case of Herbert, she said the assaults continued until she was 17 — even after her family moved from Mont-Laurier.
      “He would come to our house to say hello and would sleep over,” Herbert, now 42, told Enquête. “Those nights, he would come to my room. We’re talking total rape, those nights.”
      Carolle Poudrier told Enquête of alleged sexual contact by Michel Courtemanche, over a period of months when she was 11. (Jasmin Simard/Radio-Canada)
      Enquête has learned the SQ has interviewed more than 40 people, of whom seven have been identified as potential victims of either Courtemanche or Leclerc.
      Four of the seven, including Herbert and Poudrier, have now filed formal complaints with police. SQ spokesperson Martine Asselin told Enquête they’re now seeking other possible victims and witnesses.
      “We’re looking to identify other potential victims who perhaps feel they’re alone and aren’t ready to talk,” Asselin said.
      “They should know that investigators are ready to meet with them and witnesses.”
      Both men were friends
      According to Enquête, Leclerc and Courtemanche were friends around the time Herbert’s parents lodged an internal complaint with the congregation about the alleged assaults on their daughter.
      Leclerc was, as a congregation elder, a senior member of the congregation who is responsible for providing religious guidance and ruling on disciplinary matters.
      Enquête said Leclerc allegedly did not speak to Herbert to learn the details of her complaint, as required by Jehovah’s Witness protocols in such matters.
      Courtemanche was later reprimanded and allowed to remain in the congregation.
      Georges Leclerc and Michel Courtemanche were friends around the time Pénélope Herbert’s parents lodged an internal complaint with the congregation, according to Enquête. (Jasmin Simard/Radio-Canada)
      Disillusioned with how the JehovahÂ’s Witnesses had handled her complaint, Herbert took her allegations to police in 1995.
      Courtemanche remained a Jehovah’s Witness after his acquittal but was expelled in 2014, Enquête found, after two other women filed internal complaints alleging he had assaulted them as minors.
      Leclerc remains with the Mont-Laurier congregation, but Enquête says he was stripped of his elder duties after at least three women filed complaints internally with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, alleging he had assaulted them when they were minors.
      Police, youth protection not notified of allegations
      According to Enquête, the first time police investigated Herbert’s allegations against Courtemanche in the mid-1990s, they were not aware Carolle Poudrier’s parents had also alleged Courtemanche had assaulted their daughter.
      Poudrier’s parents were members of a congregation in Terrebonne, just north of Montreal, and had filed their complaint there — not with Courtemanche’s congregation in Mont-Laurier.
      Poudrier alleged that Courtemanche, who was working for her dad, would make her sit on his lap so he could caress and tickle her, which made her uneasy. A few months later, he kissed her twice.
      “He asked me if I’d ever kissed anyone, and he put his tongue in my mouth. I found that disgusting,” Poudrier told Enquête.
      After she told her parents and they complained, Poudrier was made to recount what happened to a congregational elder in the presence of her father.
      Carolle Poudrier told what happened to a congregational elder in the presence of her father. (Jasmin Simard/Radio-Canada)
      “I was really stressed talking about sexual matters with a man I didn’t know, in front of my father. It was embarrassing,” Poudrier said.
      She said the elder thanked her for telling him what had happened and said that “he was there to take care of it.”
      In a lawyer’s letter to Radio-Canada, the elder in question, John MacEwan, said he knew Poudrier’s family but denied meeting with them concerning allegations against Courtemanche.
      When asked by Enquête if the Terrebonne congregation had shared the complaint against Courtemanche with his Mont-Laurier congregation, MacEwan refused to answer.
      Neither police nor youth protection authorities were ever notified of the alleged assaults on Poudrier.
      The JehovahÂ’s Witnesses leadership, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, has given preference to internal judicial procedures and protocols for dealing with matters such as child abuse.
      Carolle PoudrierÂ’s father, left, had worked with Michel Courtemanche, right. (Jasmin Simard/Radio-Canada)
      “In some jurisdictions, individuals who learn of an allegation of child abuse may be obligated by law to report the allegation to the secular authorities,” an internal memo to elders from 2016 reads.
      “In all cases, the victim and her parents have the absolute right to report an allegation to the authorities.”
      When it comes to sharing information with outside authorities, however, the leadership has insisted on maintaining confidentiality, citing privacy and the ecclesiastical privilege conferred by confessions.
      Enquête found there are as many as 30 steps a Jehovah’s Witness must take before that person is allowed to testify in court or furnish civil authorities with church documents, when it comes to matters of child abuse.
      “When you study the process, you realize it’s really a process for avoiding, a system for protecting the reputation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses,”  said Marilou Lagacé, a former Witness interviewed by Enquête.
      New instructions regarding allegations of child sexual abuse
      A recent royal commission in Australia found the JehovahÂ’s Witness church there had recorded allegations of child sexual abuse against 1,006 members over a 60-year period. Not one allegation had been reported to authorities outside the church.
      With pressure mounting in the wake of that royal commission and other allegations of sexual abuse of children in its ranks, on Sept. 1, the Watchtower Society issued new instructions regarding allegations of child sexual abuse.
      Those instructions recognize child sexual abuse as a crime and assert that members should be “clearly informed that they have the right” to report an allegation of abuse to police.
      “The congregation’s handling of an accusation of child sexual abuse is not intended to replace the secular authority’s handling of the matter,” the Sept. 1 letter reads.
      “Therefore, the victim, her parents, or anyone else who reports such an allegation to the elders should be clearly informed that they have the right to report the matter to the secular authorities.
      Elders do not criticize anyone who chooses to make such a report.”

      http://www.news.club/quebec-police-probe-possible-cases-of-child-sexual-abuse-in-jehovahs-witnesses-congregation/
    • By bruceq
      DOES ANYONE HAVE A PDF TO SHARE OF THE TRACT FROM 1946 ENTITLED "QUEBEC'S BURNING HATE FOR GOD AND CHRIST AND FREEDOM IS THE SHAME OF ALL CANADA". THANKS.
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Mirlande Cadet, 46, died of suspected hemorrhage day after giving birth by C-section. 

      Mirlande Cadet left behind two daughters and her newborn son. (Isaac Cadet)
      A Quebec coroner is investigating the death of a 46-year-old Jehovah's Witness who died Oct. 3 from complications shortly after giving birth by caesarian section in a Montreal hospital.
      A spokeswoman for the coroner's office, Geneviève Guilbault, confirmed that the bureau was launching an investigation into Cadet's death in an email to CBC Montreal.
      "Based on information that's been circulating … and other information we received from the hospital, it's been decided that a coroner will investigate the death of Mrs. Cadet," Guilbault wrote.  
      The inquest is the second coroner's investigation this month into the death of a Jehovah's Witness following childbirth in Quebec.
      Unclear circumstances
      Cadet experienced complications after she gave birth to a healthy son by C-section at St. Mary's Hospital on Oct. 2 and required a blood transfusion, according to her brother Isaac Cadet.
      It is unclear if Cadet got a blood transfusion, or if she did, when she received it and what the circumstances were that led to its approval.
      Blood transfusions are forbidden under Jehovah's Witness doctrine, which holds that the Old and New Testaments command them to abstain from blood.

      Isaac Cadet says his family welcomed the news of the coroner's investigation after getting little information from hospital. (CBC)
      All Jehovah's Witnesses are expected to sign and carry a card refusing a blood transfusion.
      Isaac Cadet questions whether his sister would have signed a card and refused a blood transfusion. He described her as a loving mother to her two other children and a devoted aunt who loved to get family together. 
      "I have a lot of doubt that my sister signed that document," Cadet told CBC News.
      He welcomed news of the coroner's investigation, saying his family needs to know what happened to its "leader."
      "It's a relief because we've tried to find out what happened, tried to access documents, and we weren't allowed. We were told they're confidential," he said.
      Mirlande Cadet's husband declined to be interviewed when contacted by CBC Montreal.
      Church elders at hospital 'intimidating'
      A Quebec coroner is already investigating the death of Éloise Dupuis, 27, who is said to have refused an emergency blood transfusion for a hemorrhage after delivering a baby by C-section at Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis Hospital near Quebec City.
      She died Oct. 12.
      Coroner Luc Malouin is working to determine whether her refusal was free and informed as required by medical and legal standards.
      After her death, Dupuis's aunt, Manon Boyer, filed a complaint with police in Lévis alleging her niece was pressured into refusing consent by a Jehovah's Witness hospital liaison committee.
      The committees are composed of Jehovah's Witness elders who are dispatched to a hospital when a member is facing a blood transfusion decision.
      According to the faith group, their role is to advocate for bloodless medical procedures and ensure their members' wishes are respected.
      Their presence, however, has been criticized by a former Jehovah's Witness, who said it's "intimidating."
      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-coroner-investigates-death-of-another-jehovahs-witness-1.3822768
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      (QUEBEC) The Government does not intend to restrict access to hospital rooms to specific groups, religions of the disciples, said yesterday the Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette.
      “You ask me to decide on a person can receive visits from his entourage. You are going away, “said Mr. Barrette briefing. Mr. Barrette has acknowledged that as a physician, he had already faced JW representations to patient.
      Earlier in the National Assembly, the caquiste MP Simon Jolin-Barrette had claimed that Quebec clearly gives hospitals the right to restrict access to patients. In addition, a judge should be asked to intervene to assess if a patient refuses treatment rightly whose life may depend, proposed caquiste Member for Borduas.
      The young Eloise Dupuis, died last week at the Hotel Dieu de Lévis, refused a blood transfusion because she was a follower of Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, shortly before his death, the young woman had been in the hospital, visiting senior members of the sect. This “Jehovah’s Witnesses Hospital Liaison Committee” had pressured the young woman to conform to the dogma and refusing to receive blood. The Sun reported yesterday that relatives of M me Dupuis had indicated that members of this group were found in the room of the young mother until the final hours of his life.
      “We know that a font of blood is present in Québec hospitals,” said Simon Jolin-Barrette, caquiste Member for Borduas.
      “[The policy of blood] put pressure on patients and their families, it denies access to people who are not members of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the patient’s room,” reported Mr. Jolin-Barrette. According to him, access to in-patients should fall away. Can not let the “blood police” control access to rooms.
      It exceeds certain limits”
      According Gaétan Barrette, it is an exaggeration to talk of “blood police”; the opposition would, in fact, create a “police visits.” But the patient is “autonomous in his choice must be done independently.” It is a “situation is dramatic.”
      “But to use inflammatory language, when we talk of” blood police, “I think here we exceed certain limits,” said Gaétan Barrette.
      A coroner examines the circumstances of his death.
      For the PQ member Agnes Maltais, not need a judge. “Decisions on the free and informed consent, he takes daily by doctors, and it faces, in general, this kind of situation. We do not agree with the position that says that they can attack the doctors. The doctors do their job. In this case especially, we know very well that there were lawyers, there was an ethics committee and there were doctors who intervened, “said she summarized.
      http://stopru.org/quebec-said-no-to-a-police-visits-in-hospitals/19694
    • By Outta Here
      3- part Turning Points in History documentary on the period of persecution experienced by Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec, Canada under the tenure of Maurice Duplessis.
      Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_jGrPTbmmg
      Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILLA_7ruZ0o
      Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jLEUGUPo78
       
       
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