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Politicians love Toronto’s Pride parade

Politicians love Toronto’s Pride parade

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose (left) and Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown lead the LGBTory contingent at Toronto's Pride parade on July 3rd. The media made a big deal about the heads of three levels of government attending the July 3 Toronto Pride parade as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Toronto Mayor John Tory took part in the march through downtown Toronto and other events celebrating ... (Continue reading)

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Politics as marketing

Politics as marketing

Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control by Alex Marland (UBC Press, $39.95 528 pages) In many ways, the thesis of Alex Marland is nothing new: governments and political parties have strict control of their messaging as they present themselves as brands to be sold to voters. Marland, a political science professor at Memorial University, brings scholarly treatment to the topic, with everything good and ... (Continue reading)

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Jim Karahalios stands up for grassroots in Conservative Party

Jim Karahalios stands up for grassroots in Conservative Party

Jim Karahalios led a grassroots effort; letting party members have more say on policy. As The Interim reported online in early May, the National Policy Committee of the Conservative Party of Canada took it upon themselves, in a closed door meeting and under the influence of Conservative MP Michelle Rempel (Calgary Nose Hill) and interim party leader ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto shooting case highlights need for unborn victim’s law

Toronto shooting case highlights need for unborn victim’s law

On June 5, Candice Rochelle Bobb’s son passed away at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Just three weeks earlier, he had been delivered prematurely by emergency C-section after his mother, who was then 24 weeks pregnant, was fatally shot in Etobicoke while sitting in the backseat of a vehicle. No one has yet to be arrested for the crime but the question remains: if someone were ... (Continue reading)

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C-14 is law. What now?

C-14 is law. What now?

After the short-lived but excitable volleys between the House of Commons and the Senate, our parliamentarians voted in both houses to enact a fairly broad license for what is euphemistically being called medical aid in dying (MAID). The ink was barely dry before some of the more radical members of the Liberal caucus and senate contingent were calling for the law to be loosened and there was a legal ... (Continue reading)

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Attorney-General moved to gag peaceful expression in 1993

Attorney-General moved to gag peaceful expression in 1993

An artist's depiction of the 18 individuals named in the 1993 NDP action against Ontario pro-lifers. Editor’s Note: Silencing pro-lifers is nothing new. The December 1993 Interim reported on the Ontario government of NDP Premier Bob Rae attempt to silence pro-life protesters. The Ontario government wants to make it illegal to peacefully protest abortion or to ... (Continue reading)

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Jason Kenney enters Alberta PC leadership contest

Jason Kenney enters Alberta PC leadership contest

Jason Kenney, a former federal immigration and defense minister, was once thought to be the front-runner to replace Stephen Harper as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, but since the Tories lost power last October, there have been rumours that Kenney would eschew the federal leadership in favour of uniting the right in Alberta or even leave politics altogether. In recent weeks, the Ottawa Press Gallery ... (Continue reading)

Trost, Scheer mentioned as Tory leadership candidates

Trost, Scheer mentioned as Tory leadership candidates

Pro-life MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) told LifeSiteNews that he is “strongly exploring” running for the Conservative leadership. The five-term MP is ascertaining his ability to “put together a professional campaign” before committing, signaling that he is running to win and not merely raise his profile or raise certain issues. Trost was first mentioned as a possible successor to Stephen Harper after the Vancouver policy convention when he vocally ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of speech tradition pre-Charter

Freedom of speech  tradition pre-Charter

John Carpay The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is wrongly seen as the sole guarantor of freedom of expression.  In fact, Canada’s tradition of tolerance for free speech dates back to 17th century England.  In the 18th century, British politician and philanthropist William Wilberforce exercised his freedom of expression to turn public opinion against the slave trade.  The right of Canadians to offend each other through the peaceful expression of unpopular opinions ... (Continue reading)

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Convention proves importance of engagement

There was cause for both celebration and disappointment at the Conservative convention last month in Vancouver when approximately 2500 party members gathered to debate policy for the party as it prepares for the 2019 federal election. There were victories in both the breakout sessions and the plenary meeting: a proposal to support euthanasia was unmercifully killed in the policy session and proposals to oppose gendercide abortions and support conscience rights for medical staff made it to the full convention floor ... (Continue reading)

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Government introduces transgender bill

On May 16, whilst celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would introduce new “transgender rights” legislation, Bill C-16. This bill would enlarge the Criminal Code’s hate speech laws to include gender identity and expression, and make it illegal to bar a person from employment on these bases. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who tabled the bill on May 17, did not comment on the possibility of the Liberals whipping the vote. This ... (Continue reading)

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Facebook and politics

Amusements Rick McGinnis Facebook was launched a dozen years ago as a place for Ivy League college students to connect online and answer burning collegiate questions like “Who’s hot and who’s not?” But even before they made a movie about it, Facebook had gone from being an online distraction only potentially more interesting than World of Warcraft into something between a broadcast network and a public utility. Perhaps this ... (Continue reading)

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Liberals push C-14, may miss June 6 ‘deadline’ All amendments to bill defeated

Liberals push C-14, may miss June 6 ‘deadline’ All amendments to bill defeated

Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc cut short debate on C-14. The government has had trouble getting their “Medical assistance in dying” bill passed before June 6 following long debates, opposition from both sides of the debate, and Liberal Senators who say they will return the bill to the House of Commons if it does not include amendments broadening the euthanasia license. C-14, ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life, pro-family delegates influence Conservative convention

Pro-life, pro-family delegates influence Conservative convention

The headlines coming out of the 2016 Conservative policy convention in Vancouver May 26-28 was that the Tories became a modern, inclusive party because it accepted same-sex “marriage.” The social conservatives were defeated, if not outright vanquished, according to some pundits. That is a gross over-simplification of a more complex story, in which pro-life and pro-family delegates saw both victories and defeats in a number of policy, constitutional, and ... (Continue reading)

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Policy committee scuttled four socon resolutions ahead of CPC convention

Policy committee scuttled four socon resolutions ahead of CPC convention

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose interfered with the policy committee to nix pro-life proposal. After months of grassroots engagement at the riding and regional level, the National Policy Committee of the Conservative Party of Canada took it upon themselves to scuttle socially conservative proposals to the party’s convention in Vancouver. One resolution was reportedly reconsidered and nixed after ... (Continue reading)

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