Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) chose neither of his pro-life bills when it came time to table his private member’s business when the House resumed after its Christmas recess. On Jan. 31, Vellacott rose in the House to declare: “I have had a difficult decision to make. I have 4 items on the Order Paper, and all of them are of great importance. One is a democratic reform initiative, and two are explicitly pro-life measures. One bill I have on the order paper is for the sake of the children.” Bill C-560 seeks to amend the Divorce Act to make equal shared parenting a rebuttable presumption in cases of marital breakup involving children. On Feb. 11 Vellacott was informed that the Subcommittee on Private Members’ Business deemed C-560 voteable.