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No to C-14

No to C-14

The government introduced its assisted-suicide legislation, C-14, and immediately made both sides unhappy. The pro-life and disabilities communities are concerned that doctors are going to become assassins, abandoning their mission to heal in order to kill. The pro-euthanasia side does not like that there are restrictions on who can be killed, wanting a broader law with fewer restrictions. National Post columnist Robyn Urback said the fact that neither side ... (Continue reading)

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What euthanasia will look like in Canada in 2030

What euthanasia will look like in Canada in 2030

We are a newspaper so mostly we offer news and commentary on current events. Predicting the future is obviously speculative, but for those who wonder what euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide might be like in a decade-and-a-half, look no further than the Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hand-chosen panel of MPs and senators spent much of February hearing from stakeholders in the “end-of-life” ... (Continue reading)

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CARP becomes euthanasia advocate

CARP becomes euthanasia advocate

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons, Canada’s largest organization for seniors, dismissed Susan Eng, executive vice-president of advocacy at CARP Canada for the past eight years, apparently because she was “insubordinate,” but more likely because she did not toe the now officially pro-euthanasia position of the organization. CARP is run by media magnate Moses Znaimer, a founding patron of Dying with Dignity Canada and longtime vocal proponent of legalizing ... (Continue reading)

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Pope Francis did not endorse contraception

Catholics and other people of goodwill have had numerous occasions to be confused by the statements of Pope Francis on various moral issues. Too often, however, they have relied on the media filter and not the pontiff’s actual statements. Asked by journalists about the Zika virus and fetal deformities, Pope Francis is said to have given his okay to contraception to avoid pregnancy during the virus crisis. But he did no such thing. Pope Francis said abortion was “an absolute ... (Continue reading)

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MPs should oppose any euthanasia law short of a ban

MPs should oppose any euthanasia law short of a ban

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted the government another four months to come up with a law on euthanasia and assisted-suicide, after Parliament failed to pass a new law within the original one year window it was given. During the Court’s hearing, Justice Russell Brown asked the justice department lawyers why, if the new Trudeau government needed more time to craft a law, did it not ask Parliament ... (Continue reading)

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Electoral reform

During the 2015 campaign, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau vowed it would be the last election under the first-past-the-post system in which the candidate with the most votes wins the riding and the party that wins the most ridings (usually) forms the government. Saying that many people consider the system unfair, he said he would ask a commission to look at electoral reform and report back to Parliament within 18 months with a recommendation to change the way Canadians select their ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion facility attack déjà vu

The shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility was déjà vu all over again. There was the obligatory condemnation of the murder by an allegedly anti-abortion activist and the usual scapegoating of the entire pro-life movement by pro-abortion activists and politicians and their allies in the media. We join the chorus of pro-lifers condemning the violence at the abortion facility. It is wrong to take the life of an innocent human being. It goes without saying that this is a ... (Continue reading)

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That was quick

Few people will be surprised that Justin Trudeau was going to push a pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia agenda considering he banned pro-lifers from running as Liberal candidates. What might have been surprising is how quickly the new government began to push the Culture of Death. Within two weeks of being sworn in, the new Health and Justice ministers announced that the expert committee advising the government on assisted-suicide would no longer propose legislation. Anti-euthanasia leaders see as a way for the Liberals ... (Continue reading)

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The season’s reason

The season’s reason

When December comes, coffeehouses are already serving red cups and, in department stores, plastic sleighs and lighted trees are already on display. “Happy Holidays” was once a euphemism for another greeting, one celebrating the event by which our years are numbered; but “Merry Christmas” now barely echoes in that anodyne supplanting phrase. We can lament our secular culture’s recoil from the few remainders – and even the mere reminders ... (Continue reading)

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A setback, not a defeat

A setback, not a defeat

On Oct. 19, Canadians chose to elect 184 Liberal MPs, 99 Conservative MPs, 44 NDP MPs, 10 Bloc Quebecois MPs, and a lone Green Party representative. The new Liberal government is led by arguably the most pro-abortion politician this country has ever seen, Justin Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who brought legal abortion to Canada in 1969. By Justin Trudeau’s diktat, all Liberal MPs must ... (Continue reading)

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Be bold

In February, the Supreme Court threw out Canada’s Criminal Code prohibition on euthanasia and assisted-suicide and told Parliament it had one year to come up with a new law. If a new law were not written in that time, euthanasia, like abortion, would be legally tolerated, and probably left to be regulated by the provinces. As noted in our election coverage, Campaign Life Coalition rates 41 MPs as pro-life – or about one in eight members of the House of Commons. ... (Continue reading)

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Voting and Christian responsibility

For more than three decades, The Interim and Campaign Life Coalition have reminded readers and supporters of the responsibility of all citizens, but especially Christians, to prioritize life issues above all else when they vote. This is not to deny the importance of alleviating poverty, the ability of middle class couples to support their families, how to address crime, Canadian foreign policy, and numerous other issues. But it is to reinforce the uniqueness of abortion and euthanasia in the body ... (Continue reading)

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On human pesticide

A weed, by definition, is just a plant in the wrong place. Dandelions on a green lawn and oak trees in an apple orchard are only weeds because the gardener’s wishes make them so. Last month, Canada legalized RU-486, the abortifacient drug sometimes known as “the human pesticide.” This lethal, murderous drug has no place in a civilized society; it is a means of medical homicide, a euthanasia of the unborn, and it will corrode our country by further normalizing ... (Continue reading)

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Electing an MP

It is easy to forget amidst the extensive coverage of the federal party leaders, that on Election Day we do not in fact vote for prime minister. We mark our ballots for members of Parliament. As the jaded observations has it, MPs have become Ottawa’s representatives to their constituents rather than their constituents’ representatives in Ottawa. Increasingly, MPs participate in their own diminishment by choosing to toe the party line. One issue that distinguishes many MPs and candidates is abortion. The ... (Continue reading)

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A giant hole to fill

The pro-life movement owes a debt of gratitude to the 25 pro-life MPs who, sadly, are not running again. They all voted for pro-life and pro-family legislation, and many of them spoke up in the House of Commons and stood with the National March for Life on the steps of Parliament; some of them introduced pro-life and pro-family legislation. On behalf of the pro-life movement, we thank these MPs – they are recognized by name on page 11 – for ... (Continue reading)

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