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Liberals won’t rule out withholding provincial health funding over abortion

Liberals won’t rule out withholding provincial health funding over abortion

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott told Global News she hopes to negotiate with P.E.I. to resolve abortion-access standoff, but did not rule out withholding health transfer payments if Charlottetown did not provide surgical ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa’s $81 million UNFPA grant may fund abortions in developing countries

Ottawa’s $81 million UNFPA grant may fund abortions in developing countries

Obianuju Ekeocha says the West should not foist abortion on the developing world. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced March 7 that the Liberal government is pledging $81.5 million for new “sexual and reproductive health services and rights” funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). There were confusing signals whether this would include abortion. The Globe and Mail ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario PCs launch new policy process

Ontario PCs launch  new policy process

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives met March 4-6 in Ottawa for their general meeting. Nearly 1700 delegates voted on constitutional amendments, elected a new executive, and attended breakout sessions on how to run local riding associations and elections. In anticipation of the 2018 Ontario election, the party also launched its new policy development process. The process was explained by Kaydee Richmond, director of special projects for the Ontario PC caucus. She ... (Continue reading)

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Bill protecting pregnant mothers introduced in Parliament

Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton-Melville) tabled C-225, a private members bill in Parliament that would, if passed, recognize the loss of pre-born babies in crimes committed against their mothers. Wagantall, a rookie MP, calls her bill Cassie and Molly’s Law, after Cassandra Kaake, a Windsor woman murdered in 2014, and Molly, her unborn daughter who died in the womb. Matthew Brush is facing one first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Kaake when she was seven months pregnant, but does not face ... (Continue reading)

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Parliamentary committee recommends broad euthanasia law

MP Harold Albrecht calls for notwithstanding clause to allow for more discussion On Feb. 25, the Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying was submitted to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and it is expected to form the basis of the legislation the government will propose governing euthanasia and assisted-suicide. The report of the committee did not reflect the view of all 16 MPs and senators, as Conservative MPs dissented from the report and its 21 recommendations. Wilson-Raybould ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario Liberals spent $6 million on sex-ed propaganda campaign

Ontario Liberals spent $6 million on sex-ed propaganda campaign

Education Minister Liz Sandals The Ontario Liberal government spent $4 million in taxpayers dollars on an online and television advertising campaign in September 2015 to sell its controversial sex-ed curriculum, LifeSiteNews has learned through documents obtained in a Freedom of Information request. Email correspondence from Education Minister Liz Sandals also reveals she opposed MPPs holding constituency community meetings on the contentious sex-ed curriculum, which was rolled out in ... (Continue reading)

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Liberals back away from assisted-suicide whipped vote

Liberals back away from assisted-suicide whipped vote

House leader Dominic LeBlanc is rethinking whipping assisted suicide. One week after saying the government would whip the vote on the forthcoming bill on physician-assisted suicide, the Liberal House leader said it is too early to tell if the government’s bill will be whipped. On Feb. 11, Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc told the Globe and Mail that the government would whip the ... (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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New Reform Party of Ontario de-registered as official party

On Jan. 14, Chief Electoral Officer of Ontario, Greg Essensa, de-registered the New Reform Party of Ontario. New Reform is the former Family Coalition Party which reconstituted itself in late 2014. According to a release from the New Reform Party, last August Elections Ontario stating they were ready to de-register the party if a copy of New Reform’s audited paperwork for the previous year was not provided. An audited report was sent on Sept. 4. Party leader James Gault ... (Continue reading)

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Federal Conservative leader to be chosen May 2017

Federal Conservative leader to be chosen May 2017

The rules under which the next Conservative leader will be selected have not yet been decided, but leadership hopefuls now know the date on which they would ascend to the post if they ultimately decide to run and win. The Conservative Party’s Leadership Election Organizing Committee announced that the convention will be held May 27, 2017, more than 16 months after the announcement was made. Only party members will be allowed to cast a vote for leader and if past ... (Continue reading)

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Electoral reform: what it is, why it matters

Electoral reform: what it is, why it matters

Why is electoral reform suddenly an issue? During the 2015 federal election campaign, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau vowed it would be the last election under the first-past-the-post (FPP) system, the system that Canada has used since Confederation. Critics say that the winner-take-all nature of FPP is unfair and even undemocratic. The candidate with the most votes in the riding is elected MP and the party that wins ... (Continue reading)

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Republican field features numerous pro-lifers

Republican field features numerous pro-lifers

Donald Trump once supported abortion, now claims to be pro-life. A record number of major candidates entered the race to seek the Republican presidential nomination, many of whom hold pro-life views. The winner, who will face a gauntlet of caucus and primary elections from February through June and be named the party’s standard-bearer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July ... (Continue reading)

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McGuinty’s disingenuous memoirs

McGuinty’s disingenuous memoirs

Review Paul Tuns I have reviewed a good number of political memoirs over the years, and my observation is always the same: they are unsatisfying in what is left unsaid or merely hinted at. Dalton McGuinty’s Making a Difference (Dunburn, 240 pages, $35) is no different. It is no easy task writing a memoir of a 25-year political career, from running in Ottawa South to replace his father as ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

The Liberal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada for an extension beyond the Feb. 6 deadline to come up with a new federal law on euthanasia and assisted-suicide.When the Court threw out the Criminal Code prohibitions on aiding and abetting a suicide, it stayed the decision for one year so the government could create a new law regulating assisted-suicide. With the long summer recess and federal election ... (Continue reading)

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Interim leader chosen, Tory shadow cabinet named

Interim leader chosen, Tory shadow cabinet named

Rona Ambrose On Nov. 5, the Conservative caucus elected Rona Ambrose interim leader of the party in a vote that saw eight candidates vie to lead the Tories on a temporary basis. The proceedings, like all caucus business, occurred behind closed doors. Ambrose defeated pro-life MPs Candace Bergen and Mike Lake, pro-abortion MPs Erin O’Toole and Michelle Rempel, and three MPs who have mixed records, Diane Finley, Rob Nicholson, and Denis ... (Continue reading)

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