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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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A priest’s rest

A priest’s rest

On Monday, March 13, at the age of 101, Monsignor Vincent Foy passed away peacefully in his room at Providence Villa in Toronto. He will be warmly remembered as a tireless advocate of the pro-life cause; as the headline of a recent Catholic Register profile put it, Foy was “pro-life before there was pro-life.” He was, in particular, an ardent defender of the Catholic Church’s teachings on birth control, ... (Continue reading)

Weaponized aid

Weaponized aid

Pierre Trudeau Last month, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced that $650 million of Canada’s foreign aid budget would be directed to support “sexual and reproductive health programs.” The specific amount of Trudeau’s pledge will go some way to fill the gap created by President Trump’s recent reinstitution of the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. aid from funding abortion overseas. Of course, this unsubtle slight of America’s laudable policy ... (Continue reading)

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A sickness unto dearth

Grieving families find similar points of solace and sorrow. On the one hand, the memory of the departed becomes, to those who remain behind, an invaluable treasure. Indeed, a loss will often reveal the wide network of connections in which the deceased was enmeshed. Such bittersweet discoveries – of all the lives that were touched by the life which is ended – can, of course, be the source of keen pain, too. For even in the happiest circumstance, death casts ... (Continue reading)

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Remembering ‘Roe’

When Norma McCorvey -- the “Roe” of the eponymous Supreme Court decision – died last month, many obituaries portrayed her as a passive pawn. Focusing on the difference between the mythic Roe and real-life McCorvey, remembrances like the one in the New York Times found occasion to wax philosophical about the distance between one person’s life and the forces of history. Such eulogies, however, should have looked harder at McCorvey, for her journey from abortion proponent to pro-life activist teaches ... (Continue reading)

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The ultimate safe space

In recent years, so-called safe spaces have popped up on university campuses in both the United States and Canada. From designated rooms with puppies and pillows for people who need a retreat from the pressures of the real world of cloistered academia to bans on certain points of view in student common areas and even classrooms, the idea that young people should be sheltered from ideas that offend them has begun to go mainstream. Following the U.S. election in November, ... (Continue reading)

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CPC leadership and social issues

We have already editorialized on the unique opportunity pro-life and pro-family Canadians have with the Conservative leadership race but it is worth mentioning again. While pro-life candidates have run for leader of parties in the past, we have never had the chance to support two candidates who are running on socially conservative issues. Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux not only declare themselves pro-life and have stellar pro-life records in their political career, both are promising to do something on moral ... (Continue reading)

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What Trump means for us

What Trump means for us

Donald Trump On Jan. 20, over the chants of protesters and the lamentations of elites, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. His unlikely path to victory overturned so much so-called “conventional wisdom” that, if pollsters and pundits depended on accuracy for their livelihoods, they would, like so many recently unseated incumbents, now be looking for work. As it is, these experts will go on ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative leadership race, so far

The Conservative leadership race that will be decided in May 2017 has one declared pro-lifer, MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University), and another considering throwing his hat into the ring, former MP Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell). Campaign Life Coalition rates them as both pro-life. We thought there would be a third pro-lifer joining them in the race. Alas, we are profoundly disappointed with Andrew Scheer’s comments when he announced he was seeking the leadership. Scheer said he would not re-open the abortion issue. He ... (Continue reading)

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Don’t give up on politics

Don’t give up on politics

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown’s flip-flop on sex-ed may have been a cynical political ploy, but pro-life and pro-family Canadians must resist cynicism about politics. It is true that many politicians are self-serving and opportunistic, including sometimes our friends and allies. It is our job in the pro-life movement to keep their resolve, to have courage in the face of partisan and media criticism, and to do that ... (Continue reading)

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Four pro-life women

Abortion advocates often dismiss the pro-life movement as populated by old white men intent on controlling women’s bodies. A simple look around the offices of any pro-life group or demonstration would dispel the slander. Since the beginning, the pro-life movement has been both populated and led by courageous, faithful women. In the last month or so we have celebrated the lives of four such women, three who passed away and one who was canonized in the Catholic Church. The most famous ... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court’s bestiality madness

Our first reaction to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision striking down part of the Criminal Code’s prohibition on bestiality was incredulousness: the newspapers and broadcasters were playing a joke on readers and viewers. Sadly, they were not. On June 9, all but one of the wise jurists on the Supreme Court decided that a ban on bestiality that did not involve actual penetration was unconstitutional. We shudder to think of the ermine-robed justices sitting in the lounge behind their ... (Continue reading)

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C-14 is law. What now?

C-14 is law. What now?

After the short-lived but excitable volleys between the House of Commons and the Senate, our parliamentarians voted in both houses to enact a fairly broad license for what is euphemistically being called medical aid in dying (MAID). The ink was barely dry before some of the more radical members of the Liberal caucus and senate contingent were calling for the law to be loosened and there was a legal ... (Continue reading)

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Convention proves importance of engagement

There was cause for both celebration and disappointment at the Conservative convention last month in Vancouver when approximately 2500 party members gathered to debate policy for the party as it prepares for the 2019 federal election. There were victories in both the breakout sessions and the plenary meeting: a proposal to support euthanasia was unmercifully killed in the policy session and proposals to oppose gendercide abortions and support conscience rights for medical staff made it to the full convention floor ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau limits debate in order to ram through C-14

Trudeau limits debate in order to ram through C-14

Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party railed against the Harper government for hiding from debate in the House of Commons and resorting to procedural trickery to ram through the Conservative agenda. Yet now that Trudeau holds the reins of power, he is quick to cut short debate on the most important topic in a generation being debated in Parliament: euthanasia and assisted-suicide (Bill C-14). The Liberals invoked closure and ... (Continue reading)

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