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We need better palliative care, not assisted suicide: health minister

We need better palliative care, not assisted suicide: health minister

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the government's priority should be quality palliative care, not assisted suicide. Federal Minister of Health Rona Ambrose says Canadians don’t need assisted suicide and euthanasia when it comes to dying, but better palliative care, something she says she wants to make a priority. “I think the starting point for ... (Continue reading)

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Olivia Chow’s memoirs insufficiently revealing

Olivia Chow’s memoirs insufficiently revealing

Olivia Chow Even by the low standards of political memoirs – especially ones released prior to a new electoral campaign – Olivia Chow’s My Journey (Harper Collins, $29.99, 328 pages), published in the lead-up to the 2014 Toronto mayoral election, is incredibly unsatisfying. Like all such memoirs, it puffs up the author (overcoming abusive relationships and adapting to a new country as an immigrant) and highlights key political causes ... (Continue reading)

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Open letter to Justin Trudeau from seven former Liberal MPs

Open letter to Justin Trudeau from seven former Liberal MPs

Tom Wappel (Scarborough Southwest, 1988-2008). Member of Parliament for 20 years. Editor’s Note: On Sept. 18, seven former MPs emailed an open letter to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. The Interim reprints the letter in its entirety below.  Dear Mr. Trudeau; We, the undersigned, former Liberal Members of Parliament, are concerned about your recent pronouncement that people who hold a particular view on a given moral issue, as a matter of conscience, cannot ... (Continue reading)

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Former Liberal MPs speak out against Justin Trudeau

Former Liberal MPs speak out  against Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau On Sept. 18, seven former Liberal MPs issued a public letter condemning the current party leader, Justin Trudeau, for his edict that pro-lifers would not be able to seek nominations to stand as Liberal Party candidates and that sitting MPs must vote for abortion if a bill on the issue comes before the House of Commons. The letter told Trudeau that the former MPs were “concerned about your ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion becomes issue in New Brunswick election

Abortion becomes issue in New Brunswick election

Despite besting the provincial Progressive Conservatives by nine percentage points (43 per cent compared to 34) in the Sept. 22 New Brunswick election, the Liberals eked out a bare majority, leading in 27 ridings in the 49-seat provincial legislature. The Tories took 21 and the Green Party won a Fredericton riding. The focus of the election was, of course, the economy and the environment and how to best create jobs. ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life former Liberal MPs to Trudeau: rescind anti-life edict

Yesterday, seven former Liberal Members of Parliament sent an open letter to Justin Trudeau regarding his edict earlier this year that pro-lifers cannot even run for a Liberal Party nomination. We reprint the letter below. Trudeau responded to the letter with a tweet: "The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. Times have changed for the better. #LPC defends rights." Here is the open letter: Dear ... (Continue reading)

Abortion funding part of New Brunswick election

Abortion funding part of New Brunswick election

When the New Brunswick provincial campaign was formally launched on August 18, all three party leaders agreed the Sept. 22 election would be decided on economic issues. But in the months leading up to the dropping of the writ, abortion funding had become a hot political issue because the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton announced it was closing due to it being excluded from taxpayer funding of abortion in the ... (Continue reading)

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Three more pro-life MPs announce they will not seek re-election

Over the summer three socially conservative Tory MPs announced they would not run for re-election in the 2015 federal election. Rick Norlock (Northumberland—Quinte West), Joe Preston (Elgin-Middlesex-London), and Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul) all had solid socially conservative records as MP. Campaign Life Coalition maintains a vote record for all MPs and each of the three had an impressive overall record. Norlock has a perfect record on 10 votes since being elected in 2006. He voted for Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312 to study whether ... (Continue reading)

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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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