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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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CLC launches petition to pressure Trudeau

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 Liberal leader, including past and current Grit MPs, dozens of newspaper columnists, and six Catholic bishops, CLC says Canadians “agreed (the policy) goes too far.” The website www.JustinRepealIntolerance.ca explains the problems with Trudeau’s new rules for the party ... (Continue reading)

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A profile in cowardice

A profile in cowardice

What the muse of history will sing of our age has never been in doubt. Ours is the story of how a great nation temporarily lost its way: how, for a time, it succumbed to an ancient vice, an iniquity common enough in antiquity, but rare in the modern world until now – the brutal practice of infanticide.The spectacle of our sophistry will amaze later ages, just as the ... (Continue reading)

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Is Justin Trudeau’s abortion hard-line working?

Is Justin Trudeau’s abortion hard-line working?

The Liberal goes all in with his dictatorial position Justin Trudeau On May 7, Justin Trudeau told reporters that pro-lifers literally need not apply to become Liberal Party candidates in future elections. He said he was imposing a new rule on the party that would ban individuals who hold pro-life views from seeking the party’s nomination for MP, but his dictate would exempt sitting pro-life MPs ... (Continue reading)

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Bishops speak out against Trudeau diktat

Four leading Catholic bishops have spoken out against Justin Trudeau’s announcement that individuals who hold pro-life views will be banned from running as candidates for the Liberal Party, a policy that does not apply to sitting pro-life Liberal MPs. The bishops have chastised Trudeau for excluding faithful Catholics from seeking elected office under the Liberal banner, promoting abortion while presenting himself as a Catholic, and misrepresenting the reality of abortion in Canada. On May 14, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto issued ... (Continue reading)

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Justin Trudeau to make Liberals speak with ‘one voice’ on abortion

Justin Trudeau to make Liberals speak with ‘one voice’ on abortion

Justin Trudeau On March 7, the day before the National March for Life, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said during a scrum in the halls of Parliament that future candidates for the Liberal Party must support a woman’s right to choose to kill her unborn baby. He said candidates will be screened in the party’s “open nominations” process to ensure they support Liberal policy on abortion and same-sex “marriage,” as ... (Continue reading)

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An unchartered ‘right’

Perhaps the most surprising detail that emerged from Justin Trudeau’s spontaneous, undemocratic pronouncement about the commitment to abortion which future Liberal candidates must espouse is his evident ignorance about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which his own father shepherded into Canadian law. In his zeal to build a party that, in his words, is both “the party of the Charter” and “resolutely pro-choice,” he failed to confirm if the two were actually related. In fact, they are not. Abortion is ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-lifers have slim pickings in Ontario election

Pro-lifers have slim pickings  in Ontario election

Kathleen Wynne Ontarians will head to the voting booth on June 12, but pro-lifers are looking at the candidates, leaders, and parties, and finding very little they like. None of the party leaders are pro-life according to Campaign Life Coalition and no party platform features anything remotely pro-life or pro-family. Tim Hudak was once deemed supportable by CLC back in the late 1990s when as a member of the Mike Harris ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative MP introduces two euthanasia bills

Conservative MP introduces two euthanasia bills

On March 27 MP Steven Fletcher (CPC, Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia), who is a quadriplegic, tabled a pair of private members bills, C-581 and C-582, that would allow euthanasia and assisted-suicide in Canada. Considering that Fletcher is far down the order of precedence, at #240, it is unlikely his bill will be considered in the House of Commons before the October 2015 federal election, but Fletcher says his intention is to ... (Continue reading)

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Woodworth refused consent for new motion

On April 10, Parliament refused to give unanimous consent to Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 476 that called on MPs to “affirm that every Canadian law must be interpreted in a manner that recognizes in law the equal worth and dignity of everyone who is in fact a human being.” Woodworth already used his one chance to bring a motion to debate this parliamentary session in 2012 with Motion 312 requesting the creation of a committee to examine the humanity of ... (Continue reading)

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Newfoundland premier took part in pro-life walks

Frank Coleman, who became leader of the governing Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, and thus premier of the province, last month, was defending his pro-life views when it was reported that he and his family had regularly taken part in the Corner Brook annual Walk for Life. Coleman issued a statement on April 18 after the media reported his pro-life activism. He said, “as a leader I believe in the rule of law. It would be weak of me ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative MP urges pro-lifers to get more involved in politics

Conservative MP urges pro-lifers to get more involved in politics

Conservative MP Kyle Seeback said pro-lifers need to look at the individual candidates and their views, and not the party label when deciding for whom to vote on election day. At the Campaign Life Coalition National Pro-Life Conference April 5, Conservative ... (Continue reading)

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Not enough Roy McMurtry on Roy McMurtry

Not enough Roy McMurtry on Roy McMurtry

Memoirs and Reflections by Roy McMurtry (University of Toronto Press, $45, 562 pages) Late last year Roy McMurtry released his autobiography, Memoirs and Reflections, giving his account of a long and, some would say, distinguished career in public service. McMurtry has played a role in numerous political and legal dramas in this country since the 1960s, taking on bit parts in the leadership races of the federal and provincial Progressive ... (Continue reading)

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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