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Liberals push anti-Islamophobia motion, oppose religiously neutral motion

Liberal MP Iqra Khalid (Mississauga-Erin Mills) introduced M-103, a motion condemning “Islamophobia” and calling on Parliament to form a committee to study ways to battle “systemic” anti-Muslim sentiment. Tory MPs and conservative pundits condemned the motion, saying it was a threat to free speech, but Liberal MPs said it was necessary to combat growing intolerance of Muslims in Canada. Conservative MP David Anderson (Cypress Hills-Grasslands) offered an alternative motion, identical to Khalid’s, but without singling out Islamophobia. It called on MPs to ... (Continue reading)

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Trost casts lone vote against ‘Gender Equality Week’ bill

Trost casts lone vote against  ‘Gender Equality Week’ bill

Brad Trost On Feb. 1, a private member’s bill, C-309, “An Act to establish Gender Equality Week,” passed second reading in a 287-1 vote. Conservative MP and leadership candidate Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) cast the lone against Liberal MP Sven Spengemann’s (Mississauga—Lakeshore) C-309. The bill’s preamble says Parliament “wishes to increase awareness of the significant and substantive contributions that Canadian women have made and continue to make to the growth, development, ... (Continue reading)

Exclusive interview

Exclusive interview

Brad Trost After endorsing the National March for Life that takes place in Ottawa in May and standing up as the lone vote against a private member’s bill establishing “Gender Equality Week,” Conservative leadership contender and MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) talked to The Interim about the race. Trost said the National March for Life is important to both pro-life politicians and the pro-life movement because it signals that life issues ... (Continue reading)

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History made as two leadership contenders endorse National March for Life

History made as two leadership contenders endorse National March for Life

Last month Campaign Life Coalition announced the theme for the National March for Life in Ottawa as well that two Conservative Party of Canada leadership contenders have endorsed the event and said they will address the 20,000-strong crowd. The theme for the May 11 National March for Life ties into the 150th anniversary of Confederation: “Life: We stand on guard for thee.” CLC national president Jim Hughes said, “the 2017 ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario PCs ripped for nomination controversies

Ontario PCs ripped for  nomination controversies

McNaughton reminds party it is a broad coalition Monte McNaughton says Ontario PCs must build a coalition that includes social conservatives. When Patrick Brown ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership in 2015, he vowed to have open nominations. Recently, that commitment has been called into question. The Toronto Star reported in December ... (Continue reading)

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Safe injection sites

National Affairs Rory Leishman For the past year, headlines across Canada have tracked a shocking increase in deaths from overdoses of illicit opioids. The final count for 2016 in British Columbia could reach close to 900; that is up more than 70 per cent over 2015 and twice the annual death toll in the province from traffic accidents. For Canada as a whole, the annual number of drug-overdose ... (Continue reading)

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Candidates address social issues in Tory leadership race

Candidates address social issues in Tory leadership race

    More than a dozen MPs, former MPs, and businessmen are running to replace former prime minister Stephen Harper as permanent leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. With 14 people officially in the race after reality TV star and businessman Kevin O’Leary entered the race in January, some party insiders are beginning to wonder if many candidates will drop out before the May 27 leadership vote. Candidates must declare and ... (Continue reading)

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Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy

Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy

President Donald Trump's signed executive order prohibiting U.S. funding of abortion groups abroad. On Jan. 23, three days after assuming the office of President of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the use of foreign aid money for the provision or promotion of abortion. In 1984 at the United Nations Population Conference in Mexico City, ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario PCs ripped for nomination controversies

Ontario PCs ripped for  nomination controversies

McNaughton reminds party it is a broad coalition Monte McNaughton When Patrick Brown ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership in 2015, he vowed to have open nominations. Recently, that commitment has been called into question. The Toronto Star reported in December that numerous candidates have been disqualified from seeking the PC nomination for the 2018 general election. Brown spins the disqualifications as a sign that so many ... (Continue reading)

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What Trump means for us

What Trump means for us

Donald Trump On Jan. 20, over the chants of protesters and the lamentations of elites, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. His unlikely path to victory overturned so much so-called “conventional wisdom” that, if pollsters and pundits depended on accuracy for their livelihoods, they would, like so many recently unseated incumbents, now be looking for work. As it is, these experts will go on ... (Continue reading)

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CPC leadership candidates raise social issues

CPC leadership candidates raise social issues

On Nov. 29, former MP Pierre Lemieux entered the Conservative Party leadership race, and less than two weeks later he released a video calling for a “respectful debate” on sex-selective abortion. The former Glengarry–Prescott–Russell MP said that “in a democracy such as ours, there should be no debate that is closed.” He said that sex-selective abortion was an issue that should be debated and that “I stand with those Canadians ... (Continue reading)

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Patrick Brown to social conservatives: not welcome in PC Party

In a year-end interview with Andrew Lawton of London’s AM980, Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown was unambiguous about where social conservatives stand in the party: he “will not tolerate” pro-life or pro-family views within the party. Brown told Lawton, “I have encouraged more free votes ... but what I will not tolerate, is, is, we are going to have a very strict focus on fiscal issues (sic). If someone is going to push a specific social issue, it will not ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario Tories concerned about socon influence

Ontario Tories concerned  about socon influence

The newest PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff. After former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin lost as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Ottawa-Vanier in a Nov. 17 by-election in a riding the Liberals have held since 1971 and was not expected to win anyway, he lashed out at social conservatives. In a press conference he said the Ontario PCs should steer “to the middle” to win elections and ... (Continue reading)

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C-16 passes

On Nov. 18, the House of Commons passed Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include transgender rights in the country’s hate crimes and human rights laws. It was overwhelmingly passed on a voice vote -- that is, there is no record of who supported and opposed the bill. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said afterwards, “all Canadians should feel safe to be themselves. Our strength as a nation lies in our diversity ... (Continue reading)

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Motion to study porn’s effects wins support

M-47, a private member’s motion put forth by Conservative MP Arnold Viersen (Peace River-Westlock), which if passed would require the House of Commons standing committee on health to study the public health effects of “violent and degrading sexually explicit material,” was debated on Nov. 14, and will be voted on in December. The committee would report back to Parliament by mid-2017. Viersen said he couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the debate when M-47 received unanimous support from all MPs. ... (Continue reading)

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