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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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‘Phobias’ kill our freedom of expression

‘Phobias’ kill our freedom  of expression

Law Matters John Carpay Like homophobia, Islamophobia is a dangerous word. Both words are dangerous because they are ambiguous. Uncertainty about the meaning of words makes it impossible to have honest discussion and debate. Without honest debate, democracy and society function poorly. Undermining the citizen’s ability to communicate with others results in misunderstanding and fear. Dictionaries define “phobia” as “an extreme or irrational fear” and as a mild ... (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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A crucial distinction

Light is Right Joe Campbell "Don’t call it sin,” he declared, and proposed that, to describe someone’s immoral behaviour, I write objectively disordered. Preserve us from word-watchers, I thought. His lecture was a reminder of how much verbal clutter irritates me. Oh, I understand why he complained. I just don’t understand why he thought it necessary. It wouldn’t bother him if I wrote that certain acts are wrong. ... (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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‘Jane Roe’ Norma McCorvey, RIP

‘Jane Roe’  Norma McCorvey, RIP

Norma McCorvey was the "Jane Roe" in the infamous Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, but later became a pro-life activist. On Feb. 18, Norma McCovey, whose abortion case made it to Supreme Court of the United States, passed away at the age of 69. McCorvey was the “Jane Roe” in Roe v. ... (Continue reading)

Canada’s population hits 35 million, no thanks to Canadians

Canada’s population hits 35 million, no thanks to Canadians

Last month, Statistics Canada released its statistical portrait of the country with the first population numbers since 2011. There are now precisely 35,151,728 Canadians, at least on Census Day, May 10, 2016. As the Stats Can release notes, that is about ten times as many Canadians as there were when the first census was taken in 1871 when there were 3.5 million people. Its up from the ... (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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Conscience campaign launched

Conscience campaign launched

Larry Worthen The Call to Conscience Campaign was launched by the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience to urge Ontario residents to lobby their MPPs to get them to amend Bill 84, the provincial government’s “Medical Aid in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act,” which has no protection for the conscience rights of health care workers. Bill 84 is expected to be debated over the next few months, but the campaign runs ... (Continue reading)

Trost casts lone vote against ‘Gender Equality Week’ bill

Trost casts lone vote against  ‘Gender Equality Week’ bill

Brad Trost On Feb. 1, a private member’s bill, C-309, “An Act to establish Gender Equality Week,” passed second reading in a 287-1 vote. Conservative MP and leadership candidate Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) cast the lone against Liberal MP Sven Spengemann’s (Mississauga—Lakeshore) C-309. The bill’s preamble says Parliament “wishes to increase awareness of the significant and substantive contributions that Canadian women have made and continue to make to the growth, development, ... (Continue reading)

History made as two leadership contenders endorse National March for Life

History made as two leadership contenders endorse National March for Life

Last month Campaign Life Coalition announced the theme for the National March for Life in Ottawa as well that two Conservative Party of Canada leadership contenders have endorsed the event and said they will address the 20,000-strong crowd. The theme for the May 11 National March for Life ties into the 150th anniversary of Confederation: “Life: We stand on guard for thee.” CLC national president Jim Hughes said, “the 2017 ... (Continue reading)

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Hawkes prosecution failed for want of a trauma expert

Hawkes prosecution failed for want of a trauma expert

Rev. Brent Hawkes “It’s like a David and Goliath story, right from the start,” said the wife of the complainant. Only, this time Goliath won. She was reacting to the Jan. 31 acquittal of Rev. Brent Hawkes, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, on historical sexual assault charges from the mid-1970s when he was a teacher and coach. When it came to this prosecution at Kentville provincial ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario PCs ripped for nomination controversies

Ontario PCs ripped for  nomination controversies

McNaughton reminds party it is a broad coalition Monte McNaughton says Ontario PCs must build a coalition that includes social conservatives. When Patrick Brown ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership in 2015, he vowed to have open nominations. Recently, that commitment has been called into question. The Toronto Star reported in December ... (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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