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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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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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State can’t protect preborn from illicit drugs

National Affairs Rory Leishman In recent years, there has been an appalling increase in the number of newborn Canadian babies who suffer acutely from opioid drugs that were passed on to them in the womb by their drug addicted mothers. According to a recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, literally thousands of Canadian newborns have suffered in recent years from diarrhea, fever, rapid breathing, seizures, trembling, ... (Continue reading)

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Pierre Lemieux on Supreme Court

Pierre Lemieux on Supreme Court

Pierre Lemieux Among the numerous candidates for leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Lemieux is one of the few who merits serious consideration. During 10 years in Parliament, he distinguished himself with an impeccably pro-life record and now he also stands out for denouncing the usurpation of legislative powers by the Supreme Court of Canada. In a letter to supporters on January 6, Lemieux alluded to the ... (Continue reading)

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Safe injection sites

National Affairs Rory Leishman For the past year, headlines across Canada have tracked a shocking increase in deaths from overdoses of illicit opioids. The final count for 2016 in British Columbia could reach close to 900; that is up more than 70 per cent over 2015 and twice the annual death toll in the province from traffic accidents. For Canada as a whole, the annual number of drug-overdose ... (Continue reading)

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Can judicial activism be reversed?

National Affairs Rory Leishman Who would have thought that it might take a crass narcissist like United States President-elect Donald Trump to curb the greatest moral catastrophe in the history of the United States: namely, the deliberate, mass slaughter in the womb of more than 50 million babies over the past 40 years. Trump has got off to a promising start on his presidency by nominating two, impeccably ... (Continue reading)

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No conscience rights for euthanasia

No conscience rights for euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman The vise of oppression is closing ever so tightly on pro-life physicians in Canada that they are liable soon to be drummed out of the profession for steadfastly refusing to collaborate in the deliberate killing of patients. That seems to be just fine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal colleagues. In the government’s recently enacted euthanasia legislation, Bill C-14, they included no ... (Continue reading)

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Disarray in the Anglican Church of Canada

Rory Leishman Like other trendy Protestant Churches, the Anglican Church of Canada has conformed its teachings over the past few decades to the current pattern of the world on everything from contraception and abortion to same-sex “marriage” (SSM). This once influential denomination has lapsed into a state of theological confusion, ecclesiastical disarray, and near-terminal decline. The chaos came to a head within the Anglican Church of Canada on July 11 ... (Continue reading)

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Religious freedom precarious in the West

Religious freedom precarious in the West

In It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies (Harper, 192 pages), Mary Eberstadt documents how faithful Christians throughout the Western world are now living in fear of escalating religious oppression. Of course, Eberstadt readily acknowledges that persecution of the faithful outside the West is vastly worse. In particular, she cites the agony of Christians in the Middle East and Africa where, “radical Islam has been slaughtering and raping and ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta court rules on euthanasia law before it passes

National Affairs Rory Leishman Time and again over the past 30 years, the Supreme Court of Canada has proceeded under cover of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to violate its own precedents, amend the Constitution, and overturn long-standing laws duly enacted by elected representatives of the people within the jurisdiction of Parliament and the provincial legislatures. Now with a unanimous judgment in Canada v. EF on ... (Continue reading)

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Abetting suicide

National Affairs Rory Leishman For nearly 50 years now, Canadians have lived with a perverse legal regime that allows some hospital-based physicians to engage in the mass slaughter of perfectly healthy babies in the womb, while mandating other physicians in these same hospitals to do whatever they can to save the lives of the frailest and most vulnerable of human beings at the beginning of life. Now our ... (Continue reading)

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Treating ‘transgender’ children

National Affairs Rory Leishman Parents of young Canadian children should beware of the potentially catastrophic advice in a Guide for Educators issued by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation on the care and treatment of children with a gender identity disorder in elementary and secondary schools. To begin with, the CTF explains: “Transgender individuals normally identify with a gender that is different from the one they were assigned at birth.” ... (Continue reading)

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Christian churches and euthanasia

Christian churches and euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman What do Church leaders in Canada think about the legalization of physician-assisted death (PAD)? Not so long ago, the answer was clear. At Christmas in 1996, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), a group which includes every major Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant denomination in the country, issued a Statement of Convergence of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide that straightforwardly declared: “To change current law ... (Continue reading)

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Legislators must pass conscience rights laws

National Affairs Rory Leishman On Jan. 26, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario decreed that any physician who declines for reasons of conscience or religion to provide physician-assisted death upon request must promptly refer the patient to a readily available physician who has no compunction about killing a patient or assisting a patient in committing suicide. A similar rule is also in effect in Saskatchewan and ... (Continue reading)

Arresting portraits and good examples

Arresting portraits and good examples

In his latest book, Telling Lives, Ian Hunter, emeritus professor of law at Western University, presents an entertaining and inspirational series of sketches of 10 people with “effective, forcible, striking” personalities. The book begins with an intriguing essay entitled “Jesus: The Evidence.” Drawing upon decades of experience as an award-winning teacher and practitioner of criminal law, Hunter applies his expertise on the rules of evidence that apply in a court of law to ... (Continue reading)

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