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In search of progress

The discoveries of modern science – their range, rapidity, and power – have amazed the entire world. Blaise Pascal saw man as a creature marooned between two infinities of space, large and small; yet scientific inquiry seems to press against each one at once, searching beyond the cell into regions of the sub-atomic, while, at the same time, expanding man’s gaze to glimpse the farthest stars. Such prodigies of knowledge pale only before the wonders of their ... (Continue reading)

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A grateful heart

A grateful heart

In late November, we will feel the festivities of American Thanksgiving: the TV will bring us images of floats and football, being enjoyed over turkey, after long treks back home. And, with a kind of content curiosity, we will look on as these elaborate foreign rites are performed. After all, our own version of the holiday, which we will obverse this month, lacks a similarly central place in the ... (Continue reading)

An excellent diplomatic posting

An excellent diplomatic posting

Dennis Savoie On August 1, the Conservative government announced that Dennis Savoie, a former deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (2006-2013), was appointed as Canada’s new ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican). The appointment immediately faced criticism from the New Democratic Party, with MP and Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs Paul Dewar (Ottawa South) condemning Savoie’s past comments on abortion. In 2009, Savoie addressed the Knights ... (Continue reading)

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Presenting the CHP

In this issue we prominently feature the Christian Heritage Party and that may cause some confusion among readers. The Interim is non-partisan and our political advice is for voters to consider candidates, not parties, when deciding whom to support on election day. Only pro-life candidates deserve the votes of pro-life Canadians. Unfortunately, too many pro-life voters will settle for candidates who are not pro-life among the so-called mainstream parties when there are pro-life CHP candidates on the ballot. More importantly, this ... (Continue reading)

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Presenting the CHP

In this issue we prominently feature the Christian Heritage Party and that may cause some confusion among readers. The Interim is non-partisan and our political advice is for voters to consider candidates, not parties, when deciding whom to support on election day. Only pro-life candidates deserve the votes of pro-life Canadians. Unfortunately, too many pro-life voters will settle for candidates who are not pro-life among the so-called mainstream parties when there are pro-life CHP candidates on the ballot. More importantly, this ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom from conscience

Freedom from conscience

On June 24, Joan Chand’oiseau saw a sign at the front desk of the Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary: “The physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.” The sign, put up only when Dr. Chantal Barry is the sole physician at the clinic, so offended the would-be birth-controller that she has since made the good doctor’s principled objection her casus belli for a modern-day, social-media ... (Continue reading)

For the children

Every pro-life Canadian detests graphic images of the victims of abortion. They are horrific and stomach churning, provocative and divisive. But, most troublingly of all, they accurately depict the reality which is cloaked behind surgical drapes and equivocal language. Images of the murdered unborn reveal what the popular euphemisms about abortion conceal: the ugly reality of child-murder before birth. “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers ... (Continue reading)

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A profile in cowardice

A profile in cowardice

What the muse of history will sing of our age has never been in doubt. Ours is the story of how a great nation temporarily lost its way: how, for a time, it succumbed to an ancient vice, an iniquity common enough in antiquity, but rare in the modern world until now – the brutal practice of infanticide.The spectacle of our sophistry will amaze later ages, just as the ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal no longer

Liberal no longer

An American poet once defined a “liberal” as a man too “altruistically moral” to “take (his) own side in a quarrel.” Justin Trudeau recently decided that Canadian Liberals, in contrast, are not free to do the same. Trudeau decreed that all future candidates in his party must be unambiguously, categorically, and unapologetically pro-abortion: they may not take the unborn’s side in our country’s current quarrel. Trudeau’s shocking declaration, made in ... (Continue reading)

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An unchartered ‘right’

Perhaps the most surprising detail that emerged from Justin Trudeau’s spontaneous, undemocratic pronouncement about the commitment to abortion which future Liberal candidates must espouse is his evident ignorance about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which his own father shepherded into Canadian law. In his zeal to build a party that, in his words, is both “the party of the Charter” and “resolutely pro-choice,” he failed to confirm if the two were actually related. In fact, they are not. Abortion is ... (Continue reading)

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Conscience rights

Dr. William Pope of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Manitoba recently expressed concern that new federal medical marijuana rules would lead to patients requesting from doctors prescriptions for pot. Dr. Pope’s comments came at the same time that the Ottawa Citizen reported that three Ottawa physicians were being publicly chastised for refusing to prescribe artificial birth control. These stories vividly display the need for the provinces to enact conscience rights legislation, perhaps along the lines proposed by Mississauga ... (Continue reading)

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Unsettled issues

On the question of euthanasia, the people have spoken. In 2010, the late Bloc MP, Francine Lalonde, made her third attempt to weaken Canada’s laws protecting the elderly and the infirm, and her bill was comfortably defeated by a vote in the House of 228 to 59. The will of the people could not be clearer. And yet, just four years after this firm rejection, the previous parliament’s decision is already being second-guessed: Steven Fletcher, the first quadriplegic MP to sit in the House, is bringing forth ... (Continue reading)

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The boards and the bees

Ironically, in a country with a past prime minister who famously preened about the state having “no place in the bedrooms of the nation,” the schoolroom is becoming a seminar for the boudoir. Ministries of education across the country are refashioning grade school curricula according to the postulates of tendentious, pseudo-scientific ideologies of identity. The radical politics of sexual education have become the norm for all grades in schools across Canada. Is abortion simply “something the woman decides to do with ... (Continue reading)

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Death becomes us

Death becomes us

Years ago, while covering the case of Robert Latimer, the Saskatchewan farmer who killed his disabled daughter in cold blood, a columnist observed: “A society that believes in nothing can offer no argument even against death. A culture that has lost its faith in life cannot comprehend why it should be endured.” This incisive observation cuts to the heart of the contradiction in Canada’s current debate about euthanasia: when ... (Continue reading)

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Bill 52 must be defeated

The Quebec National Assembly recessed on Feb. 20 and will not return until March 11. Bill 52, which would legalize euthanasia as “medical aid in dying” in the province, may not come for a vote if an expected provincial election is called before the legislature returns or if the minority Parti Quebecois government falls on the budget vote expected shortly after Members of the National Assembly return. With recent polls indicating a possible majority for the PQ in the next ... (Continue reading)

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