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Electoral reform: what it is, why it matters

Electoral reform: what it is, why it matters

Why is electoral reform suddenly an issue? During the 2015 federal election campaign, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau vowed it would be the last election under the first-past-the-post (FPP) system, the system that Canada has used since Confederation. Critics say that the winner-take-all nature of FPP is unfair and even undemocratic. The candidate with the most votes in the riding is elected MP and the party that wins ... (Continue reading)

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Republican field features numerous pro-lifers

Republican field features numerous pro-lifers

Donald Trump once supported abortion, now claims to be pro-life. A record number of major candidates entered the race to seek the Republican presidential nomination, many of whom hold pro-life views. The winner, who will face a gauntlet of caucus and primary elections from February through June and be named the party’s standard-bearer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July ... (Continue reading)

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McGuinty’s disingenuous memoirs

McGuinty’s disingenuous memoirs

Review Paul Tuns I have reviewed a good number of political memoirs over the years, and my observation is always the same: they are unsatisfying in what is left unsaid or merely hinted at. Dalton McGuinty’s Making a Difference (Dunburn, 240 pages, $35) is no different. It is no easy task writing a memoir of a 25-year political career, from running in Ottawa South to replace his father as ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

The Liberal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada for an extension beyond the Feb. 6 deadline to come up with a new federal law on euthanasia and assisted-suicide.When the Court threw out the Criminal Code prohibitions on aiding and abetting a suicide, it stayed the decision for one year so the government could create a new law regulating assisted-suicide. With the long summer recess and federal election ... (Continue reading)

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Interim leader chosen, Tory shadow cabinet named

Interim leader chosen, Tory shadow cabinet named

Rona Ambrose On Nov. 5, the Conservative caucus elected Rona Ambrose interim leader of the party in a vote that saw eight candidates vie to lead the Tories on a temporary basis. The proceedings, like all caucus business, occurred behind closed doors. Ambrose defeated pro-life MPs Candace Bergen and Mike Lake, pro-abortion MPs Erin O’Toole and Michelle Rempel, and three MPs who have mixed records, Diane Finley, Rob Nicholson, and Denis ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal government changes assisted suicide panel mandate

Following the Supreme Court’s Carter decision throwing out Canada’s prohibition on assisted-suicide, the Conservative government established an External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. Just ten days after being sworn in, the Liberal government ordered a new mandate for the panel, one day before it was scheduled to report. On Nov. 14, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, sent a letter to the panel members – Dr. Harvey Chochinov and professors Catherine Frazee ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau agenda partially revealed in ministerial mandate letters

Trudeau agenda partially revealed in ministerial mandate letters

Justin Trudeau On Nov. 13, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did something no head of Canada’s federal government has ever done: release the mandate letters given to every minister outlining expectations and government priorities for his portfolio. The move provides an insight into the government’s agenda and it was applauded by many in the media as a victory for accountable and transparent government. About 80 per cent of every letter is ... (Continue reading)

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New Health Minister wants to increase abortion ‘access’

New Health Minister wants to increase abortion ‘access’

Health Minister Jane Philpott Replying to an inquiry from the CBC, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said the government will “equalize” abortion “access” across Canada, which abortion advocates claim is not universally easy throughout the country. In a written response to the state broadcaster, Philpott said: “We know that abortion services remain patchy in parts of the country, and that rural women in particular face barriers to access. ... (Continue reading)

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Nearly half of Tory caucus pro-life

Nearly half of Tory caucus pro-life

The Conservative Party was reduced from majority government to sizable opposition, falling to 99 seats. Campaign Life Coalition rates 41 of the victorious Conservative MPs pro-life and admits that others were supportable according to their red, yellow, and green-light system. Because the Liberals and NDP have either formal or leader-imposed policies prohibiting pro-life candidates, CLC had no green-lit candidates in those parties. According to a CLC analysis, another seven MPs have “pro-life leanings.” ... (Continue reading)

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CHP garner 15,000 votes nationally

CHP garner 15,000 votes nationally

The Christian Heritage Party ran 30 candidates in the federal election, garnering a total of 15,284 votes nationwide, an average of nearly 510 votes in the ridings which the CHP ran. It was the seventh most among the political parties, after the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, Green, and Libertarians. CHP leader Rod Taylor thanked “all our CHP candidates who have given so generously of their time, energy, and talents,” ... (Continue reading)

A setback, not a defeat

A setback, not a defeat

On Oct. 19, Canadians chose to elect 184 Liberal MPs, 99 Conservative MPs, 44 NDP MPs, 10 Bloc Quebecois MPs, and a lone Green Party representative. The new Liberal government is led by arguably the most pro-abortion politician this country has ever seen, Justin Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who brought legal abortion to Canada in 1969. By Justin Trudeau’s diktat, all Liberal MPs must ... (Continue reading)

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What now?

What now?

Liberals win huge majority. Opportunities for pro-lifers. Life and family issues in the next Parliament Justin Trudeau's 184 seat majority will not have one pro-life MP in his caucus. On Oct. 19, the solidly pro-abortion Liberal Party won a majority, taking 184 seats in the enlarged 338-seat House of Commons. The Conservatives were reduced to 99 seats and the NDP lost more than half their caucus, falling ... (Continue reading)

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Harper’s disappointing judges

Harper’s disappointing judges

But there is hope that new batch will be better While pro-life leaders are delighted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s elevation of Justice Russell Brown from the Alberta Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, trendy proponents of judicial activism are appalled, and understandably so: Brown subscribes to the traditional judicial doctrine that judges should refrain from legislating from the bench. John Whyte, emeritus professor of law ... (Continue reading)

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Political books show timidity of leaders

Political books show timidity of leaders

This election season has seen the release of numerous political books, but three stand out as important. Ostensibly books about Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and by the current NDP and former Liberal leaders, might not provide similar insights, but indirectly they do. There have been numerous anti-Harper books released in the past year or so, evidence of what some call Anti-Harper Syndrome. This is not to say there are ... (Continue reading)

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Jason Kenney slams Liberal, NDP ‘extreme’ stance on abortion

Jason Kenney slams Liberal, NDP ‘extreme’ stance on abortion

CLC’s Hughes said pro-life could be electoral asset Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Defence Conservative Jason Kenney criticized the Liberal and NDP parties at a Sept. 21, campaign stop for their “extreme positions” on life issues. The Minister of Defence said that of the three major parties, the Conservatives “are the only party that allows MPs to vote with their conscience on matters of the sanctity of human ... (Continue reading)

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