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Political parties’ positions: prostitution

Canada’s political parties have distinct positions on prostitution that have developed over time. According to a December 2006 report by the Parliamentary Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws (“The Challenge of Change: A Study of Canada’s Criminal Prostitution Laws”), the Liberal, NDP, and Bloc Quebecois committee members all viewed prostitution as “a public health issue” and supported “harm reduction” strategies for prostitutes, such as sex education, condoms, and a “bad date list.” They believed that “sexual activities between consenting adults that do ... (Continue reading)

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New Brunswick pro-lifer seeks Senate appointment

New Brunswick pro-lifer seeks Senate appointment

Pro-lifer James Risdon is petitioning to be appointed to the Senate. A New Brunswick pro-lifer has launched a petition to encourage Prime Minister Stephen Harper to appoint him to the Senate. Noting that there are numerous unfilled Senate seats in the upper chamber, including two from the Atlantic Canadian province, and that “Canadians are fed up with patronage appointments,” James Risdon ... (Continue reading)

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PC leadership hopeful joins condemnation of contraception-refusing Calgary doctor

PC leadership hopeful joins condemnation of contraception-refusing Calgary doctor

Dr. Chantal Barry, a physician at Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary, is refusing to prescribe the birth control pill to patients. On June 24, while attending an appointment with her gynecologist, Joan Chand’oiseau saw a sign at the front desk of the walk-in clinic stating that “the physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.” The sign is put up when Dr. Barry is the only physician at the clinic. Patients who want contraception are given a ... (Continue reading)

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Christian Heritage Party seeks new members and a new leader

Christian Heritage Party seeks new members and a new leader

Rod Taylor, CHP leadership hopeful says that the goals of promoting righteousness and winning elections are not mutually exclusive. On Jan. 28, the national board of the Christian Heritage Party accepted the resignation of its leader, Jim Hnatiuk, who led the CHP since 2008. The board ratified the appointment of David J. Reimer, a member of the party since 1987 and a six-time CHP candidate, as interim ... (Continue reading)

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Socially left-wing Liberals return to majority in Ontario

On June 12, the scandal-plagued Liberal Party won re-election, increasing their seat count to 58, as Kathleen Wynne will return as premier of a majority government. The Liberals increased their seat count by five from the 2011 election and 11 from the dissolution of the legislature when the Writ was dropped in May. An analysis by Campaign Life Coalition found that three pro-lifers were returned to Queen’s Park: Rick Nicholls (PC, Chatham-Kent-Essex), Joe Dickson (LIB, Ajax-Pickering), and Mario Sergio (LIB, York ... (Continue reading)

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The problem with parliamentarians

Samara is a Canadian think tank dedicated to improving political participation in Canada and their research if the foundation of a new book, Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak out about Canada’s Failing Democracy (Random House, $29.95, 274 pages) by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan. In it they examine the role of MPs in Parliament through the lens of 80 former MPs that they interviewed. The authors stress that while these former politicians do not agree on ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal MP flip-flops on pro-life

Liberal MP flip-flops on pro-life

Former pro-life Prince Edward Island MP Lawrence MacAulay will follow party line on abortion. On June 2, Campaign Life Coalition launched a web campaign, including petition, with the goal of repealing Trudeau’s ban on pro-life Liberal candidates, calling it a “dictatorial abortion policy and attack on democracy.” Noting that both pro-life and pro-abortion supporters have “pummeled” the ... (Continue reading)

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CLC launches petition to pressure Trudeau

On June 2, Campaign Life Coalition launched a web campaign, including petition, with the goal of repealing Trudeau’s ban on pro-life Liberal candidates, calling it a “dictatorial abortion policy and attack on democracy.” Noting that both pro-life and pro-abortion supporters have “pummeled” the Liberal leader, including past and current Grit MPs, dozens of newspaper columnists, and six Catholic bishops, CLC says Canadians “agreed (the policy) goes too far.” The website www.JustinRepealIntolerance.ca explains the problems with Trudeau’s new rules for the party ... (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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Is Justin Trudeau’s abortion hard-line working?

Is Justin Trudeau’s abortion hard-line working?

The Liberal goes all in with his dictatorial position Justin Trudeau On May 7, Justin Trudeau told reporters that pro-lifers literally need not apply to become Liberal Party candidates in future elections. He said he was imposing a new rule on the party that would ban individuals who hold pro-life views from seeking the party’s nomination for MP, but his dictate would exempt sitting pro-life MPs ... (Continue reading)

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Bishops speak out against Trudeau diktat

Four leading Catholic bishops have spoken out against Justin Trudeau’s announcement that individuals who hold pro-life views will be banned from running as candidates for the Liberal Party, a policy that does not apply to sitting pro-life Liberal MPs. The bishops have chastised Trudeau for excluding faithful Catholics from seeking elected office under the Liberal banner, promoting abortion while presenting himself as a Catholic, and misrepresenting the reality of abortion in Canada. On May 14, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto issued ... (Continue reading)

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Justin Trudeau to make Liberals speak with ‘one voice’ on abortion

Justin Trudeau to make Liberals speak with ‘one voice’ on abortion

Justin Trudeau On March 7, the day before the National March for Life, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said during a scrum in the halls of Parliament that future candidates for the Liberal Party must support a woman’s right to choose to kill her unborn baby. He said candidates will be screened in the party’s “open nominations” process to ensure they support Liberal policy on abortion and same-sex “marriage,” as ... (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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Pro-lifers have slim pickings in Ontario election

Pro-lifers have slim pickings  in Ontario election

Kathleen Wynne Ontarians will head to the voting booth on June 12, but pro-lifers are looking at the candidates, leaders, and parties, and finding very little they like. None of the party leaders are pro-life according to Campaign Life Coalition and no party platform features anything remotely pro-life or pro-family. Tim Hudak was once deemed supportable by CLC back in the late 1990s when as a member of the Mike Harris ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative MP introduces two euthanasia bills

Conservative MP introduces two euthanasia bills

On March 27 MP Steven Fletcher (CPC, Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia), who is a quadriplegic, tabled a pair of private members bills, C-581 and C-582, that would allow euthanasia and assisted-suicide in Canada. Considering that Fletcher is far down the order of precedence, at #240, it is unlikely his bill will be considered in the House of Commons before the October 2015 federal election, but Fletcher says his intention is to ... (Continue reading)

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