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The machinery of government needs a tune-up, not replacement

The machinery of government needs  a tune-up, not replacement

Should We Change How We Vote: Evaluating Canada’s Electoral System edited by Andrew Potter, Daniel Weinstock, and Peter Loewen (McGill-Queens University Press, $19.99 paperback, 230 pages) Turning Parliament Inside Out: Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy edited by Michael Chong, Scott Simms and Kennedy Stewart (Douglas & McIntyre, $22.95, 165 pages) The Unbroken Machine: Canada’s Democracy in Action by Dale Smith (Dundurn, $21.99, 151 pages) In Should We Change How We Vote, ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion at ‘core’ of Liberal foreign policy: foreign affairs minister

Abortion at ‘core’ of Liberal foreign policy: foreign affairs minister

Justin Trudeau During her June 6 speech before the House of Commons cast a foreign policy reset for Canada, Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland declared that abortion access and “sexual reproductive rights” are “at the core” of Liberal foreign policy under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Extrapolating on her statement, Freeland, who replaced Stephane Dion as foreign minister in January, said Canadian values include “feminism and the promotion of the rights ... (Continue reading)

Baby Boomers caused great harm

Baby Boomers caused great harm

Just at the zenith of their political, cultural and social influence, it has become fashionable to turn a corrosive eye on the Baby Boomers, that huge generational cohort born somewhere between the final years of the Second World War and the beginning of Beatlemania outside of Britain. Keep in mind that very little of this is self-critical; the generation preceding the Boomers is far too old and diminished to ... (Continue reading)

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The disorder of Canada

The disorder of Canada

Light is Right Joe Campbell I’ve been wondering, of late, why congregants mark July 1 by singing “O Canada” at the end of Mass. I haven’t noticed legislators mark Dec. 25 by singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” at the end of their proceedings. I realize the dates are not strictly comparable. Although Canada Day celebrates the birth of the State, Christmas day doesn’t celebrate the birth ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario government set to ban pro-life speech

Ontario government set to ban pro-life speech

Yasir Naqvi Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced on May 29 that the Liberal government plans to table a bill in the fall in order to legislate “bubble zones” that would ban pro-life demonstrations and sidewalk counseling near any abortion facility. Most abortion facilities have a legal injunction preventing pro-life activity within 30 feet of their facilities, but the so-called temporary injunction, which expired in December 2016, affects only ... (Continue reading)

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2017 National March for Life

2017 National March for Life

On May 11, more than 15,000 Canadian pro-lifers participated in the National March for Life in Ottawa, and thousands more took part in regional marches in various provincial capitals including Victoria, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, and Halifax. Fredericton was the site of a pro-life march a week later. The theme of the 2017 March was “Life, We stand on guard for Thee,” tying into to the 150th anniversary of Confederation ... (Continue reading)

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Brad Wall to invoke notwithstanding clause to restore democracy

Brad Wall to invoke notwithstanding clause to restore democracy

Thanks to judicial distortion of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms over the past 30 years, freedom of religion in Canada has come under such severe restriction that an otherwise law-abiding, and conscientious citizen could now lose his livelihood or even end up in jail simply for steadfastly upholding the traditional principles of Judeo-Christian morality. Faithful bakers, florists, printers and Christian organizations like the Knights of Columbus are well ... (Continue reading)

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Permanent adolescence

Permanent adolescence

I do not typically like books written by current politicians. They are dull, self-serving, and full of platitudes and clichés. Senator Ben Sasse’s new book The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis – and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance (St. Martin’s, $38.99, 306 pages) is none of those things. The Nebraska Republican lawmaker and former university president has identified a problem – today’s mollycoddled youth who are ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-lifers, socons impact CPC leadership race

Pro-lifers, socons impact CPC leadership race

Andrew Scheer wins the Conservative Party Leadership. When 141,000 ballots were counted on May 27 at the Toronto Congress Center and the results reported for the 14 candidates seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, it was obvious the push by Canadian pro-life and pro-family groups to get their supporters to purchase a membership to the party to back the social conservative ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau demands end to funding pro-life summer internships

Trudeau demands end to funding pro-life summer internships

Justin Trudeau Justin Trudeau’s government announced last month that it won’t allow Liberal MPs to approve 2017 summer job funding for pro-life organizations after the story broke that Liberal MP Iqra Khalid did just that last year. iPolitics reported April 12 that Khalid, a rookie MP for the riding of Mississauga-Erin Mills, approved more than $56,000 in Canada Summer Jobs program grants to the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform in ... (Continue reading)

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Dismaying Dutch disregard for life

Dismaying Dutch disregard for life

Rory Leishman National Affairs How could the Netherlands, a country which heroically resisted the Nazi euthanasia program during the Second World War, now embrace one of the most extensive regimes of legalized euthanasia in the Western world? Most people in the Netherlands would resent such a question: They insist that there is no moral equivalence between the current Dutch model of voluntary euthanasia and the evil Nazi program, ... (Continue reading)

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The cultured life

The cultured life

Culture is one of those words – like marriage, society, science, family and gender - that we use a lot these days. And like those words, if you stopped the argument where it’s being used, it’s unlikely that everyone using it would share the same definition. I’m sure this has been the case for at least a generation now, but I’ve slowly come to the realization that, the longer this situation persists, the less likely it is that, in some ... (Continue reading)

Left-wing social agenda rejected at UN

Left-wing social agenda rejected at UN

Trudeau government at odds with global community Every March and April, thousands of women’s rights activists, feminists, and abortion supporters flock to the United Nations New York headquarters to take part in -- and influence -- two annual conferences on social and economic policies. The 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which took place March 13-24 and the 50th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) which ... (Continue reading)

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Q&A with Dr. Scott Masson

Q&A with Dr. Scott Masson

Dr. Scott Masson Dr. Scott Masson is an associate professor of English at Tyndale University College in Toronto.  He was the founding chairman of the Westminster Classical Christian Academy. His articles and commentary have been published in numerous journals, newspapers and magazines. Dr. Masson will soon be launching a news aggregator website at veracrux.ca. He is a husband and father of two. Campaign Life Coalition interviewed him in February.  Campaign Life ... (Continue reading)

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Trost, Lemieux for CPC leader

Trost, Lemieux for CPC leader

Since last fall, The Interim has encouraged its readers to sign up for the Conservative Party leadership because there were two candidates running that deserved the support of Canadian pro-lifers: MP Brad Trost and former MP Pierre Lemieux. As this paper has noted several times, there have been pro-life candidates for leadership before, but never has a candidate for the Conservatives -- or the legacy parties from ... (Continue reading)

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