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Dementia and public policy

The aging of Canada’s population and the significant burden posed by complex conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is leading to concern about the deficit in quality care to meet the needs of elderly patients. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, there are 103,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias diagnosed each year. There are 750,000 people living with some form of dementia and that number is expected to double by 2030. The annual cost of treating people ... (Continue reading)

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Vellacott introduces shared parenting motion

Vellacott introduces shared parenting motion

Maurice Vellacott Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) chose neither of his pro-life bills when it came time to table his private member’s business when the House resumed after its Christmas recess. On Jan. 31, Vellacott rose in the House to declare: “I have had a difficult decision to make. I have 4 items on the Order Paper, and all of them are of great importance. One is a ... (Continue reading)

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Vote on Bill 52 may be scuttled by Quebec politics

Vote on Bill 52 may be scuttled by Quebec politics

Proposed euthanasia law is ‘unconstitutional, imprecise and lethal’: EPC Quebec premier Pauline Marois may face an election before her governments's Bill-52 is passed. The Quebec legislature recessed for two weeks when the latest session of the National Assembly ended Feb. 20, which might help kill Bill 52, the so-called medical-aid-in-dying bill that would ... (Continue reading)

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Tories split on income-splitting

Tories split on income-splitting

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty raised doubts about income-splitting for tax purposes, leading to a debate within the Conservative ranks about whether to abandon key 2011 election platform. During the 2011 federal election, Stephen Harper said that a Conservative government would allow income-splitting ... (Continue reading)

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Standing in the gap

Standing in the gap

CHP deputy leader Rod Taylor And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30  Here we are in the first few weeks of 2014; we in the Christian Heritage Party, like all Canadians, are making plans for the months ahead, ... (Continue reading)

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Woodworth addresses Manitoba pro-lifers

Woodworth addresses Manitoba pro-lifers

Stephen Woodworth (second left) with pro-life youth from Manitoba. MP Stephen Woodworth (CPC, Kitchener Centre) talked to a pair of pro-life groups in Brandon, Manitoba in January about his 2012 motion, M-312, that sought to have Parliament explore the scientific and medical evidence regarding preborn life and determine if that information had any human rights implications. When it was defeated in September ... (Continue reading)

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FCP leader steps down

FCP leader steps down

Eric Ames named interim leader Phil Lees stepped down as leader of the Family Coalition Party. Phil Lees, leader of the Family Coalition Party of Ontario, resigned his position in a move made public by a Jan. 16 email to members and supporters. According to long-time pro-life activist and FCP president Lynne Scime, Lees resigned to work full-time ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal Party considers prostitution, euthanasia

Liberal Party considers prostitution, euthanasia

Justin Trudeau Resolutions that the Liberal Party of Canada will consider at their biennial convention in Montreal Feb. 20-23 include endorsing the legalization of euthanasia and prostitution. The Liberal Party website says, “this convention will be a key milestone on the road to the next federal election in 2015,” because “delegates will vote to adopt the policy resolutions that will inspire our next electoral platform.” The resolutions have been put ... (Continue reading)

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Obamacare contraception mandate challenged

Obamacare contraception  mandate challenged

The Supreme Court will decide whether the Obamacare contraception mandate can be forced on employers. According to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which was largely upheld by the Supreme Court in June 2012, contraception must be included by insurance policies. Religiously affiliated non-profit businesses such as Catholic hospitals are currently exempted from the contraception mandate. For-profit businesses are still required to fund contraception. Two Christian-owned companies are challenging the requirement ... (Continue reading)

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Reform Bill greeted with cautious optimism from pro-lifers

Reform Bill greeted with cautious optimism from pro-lifers

Michael Chong has tabled a private member's bill that seeks to empower MPs and caucus at the expense of party leaders. Conservative MP Michael Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills) introduced his private member’s bill, C-559, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (reforms), which would ... (Continue reading)

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Vellacott files two pro-life motions

Vellacott files two pro-life motions

Maurice Vellacott has tabled two motions that would establish a parliamentary committee to examine the legal obligations owed to pre born children. On Dec. 6, Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) filed a pair of pro-life motions. (Both Motions M-482 and M-483 listed below) Both motions call for the creation of ... (Continue reading)

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Interview with former Liberal MP Garnet Bloomfield

Interview with former Liberal MP Garnet Bloomfield

Campaign Life Coalition interviewed former Liberal MP Garnet Bloomfield (London-Middlesex)by telephone on October 31. Bloomfield was one of two Liberals to vote against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.  CLC: You were one of two Liberal MPs who opposed the charter in 1982. By voting against it, you voted against your party and against Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Why did vote against it? Garnet Bloomfield, 2013 Garnet Bloomfield: ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative convention passes socially conservative policies

Conservative convention passes socially conservative policies

Conservative MP Rob Anders praised social conservatives for being active at the party convention. The Conservative Party of Canada came out against sex-selective abortion, euthanasia, and prostitution, and in defense of the practice of religious rights, at its national convention in Calgary, Nov. 1-2. The non-binding resolutions were passed after making it out of policy plenary sessions, as ... (Continue reading)

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Three recent books on Canadian politics explore theme of compromise

Three recent books on Canadian politics explore theme of compromise

Three recent books about Canadian politics go a long way to explain why our politics is the way it is as they highlight the role of marketing and messaging in campaigns and governing. They raise important issues about authenticity and principles in Canadian politics, providing sometimes contradictory lessons. Michael Ignatieff’s political memoir Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (Random House, $29.95, 207 pages) is on many levels disappointing, ... (Continue reading)

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Interview with Tom Wappel

Interview with Tom Wappel

Campaign Life Coalition interviewed Tom Wappel, former Liberal MP and current political advisor to CLC, Oct. 10.   Tom Wappel receives the prestigious Joseph P. Borowski Award from Campaign Life Coalition's Karen Murawsky in 1998 for his dedication to the unborn ... (Continue reading)

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