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MP urges Parliamentary debate on status of unborn

MP urges Parliamentary debate on status of unborn

In the week before Christmas, a Conservative Kitchener-area MP, created a media storm when he issued a press release saying it was time for Parliament to reconsider the country’s antiquated Criminal Code provisions which do not acknowledge the child in the womb as a human being.   Section 223 of the Criminal Code deals with homicide and Section 223(1) defines human being as a child that “has completely proceeded, in a living state, ... (Continue reading)

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McGuinty anti-bullying law criticized

McGuinty anti-bullying law criticized

On Dec 6., the Institute for Canadian Values held a press conference at Queen’s Park condemning the Liberal government’s anti-bullying legislation as a violation of the religious rights of denominational schools, a threat against religious freedom, and an assault on the rights of parents to be the primary educators of their children. Dr. Charles McVety of Canada Christian College, Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Catholics, Rondo Thomas of the Evangelical Association, and Rabbi ... (Continue reading)

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Bullying in the name of anti-bullying

Bullying in the name of anti-bullying

On Nov. 30, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty introduced Bill 13, The Accepting Schools Act. This arrived on the heels of a tragic and much-publicized suicide involving Ottawa teenager, Jamie Hubley. The teen suffered with depression and happened to also be openly gay. The media dutifully painted the picture that Hubley committed suicide primarily due to “homophobic bullying” despite the fact his father , an Ottawa city councilor, admitted the teen struggled ... (Continue reading)

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Bill would delete human rights commission hate speech provisions

	Bill would delete human rights commission hate speech provisions

Brian Storseth’s C-304 could be voted on by January Conservative MP Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul) introduced C-304, a private member’s bill which, if passed, would delete sections 13 and 54 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.     Section 13 “empowers the Commission to deal with complaints regarding the communication of hate messages by telephone or on the Internet” that are “likely to expose a ... (Continue reading)

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20 MPs affixed their name to second C-304. House rules limit a bill to 20 seconders.

Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry–Prescott–Russell) Kevin Sorenson (Crowfoot) Lawrence Toet (Elmwood–Transcona), Bev Shipley (Lambton–Kent–Middlesex) Rob Clarke (Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River) Larry Miller (Bruce–Grey–Owen Sound) Blake Richards (Wild Rose) Brad Trost (Saskatoon–Humboldt), Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South), James Lunney (Nanaimo–Alberni) Blaine Calkins (Wetaskiwin) Corneliu Chisu (Pickering–Scarborough East) Joy Smith (Kildonan–St. Paul) James Bezan (Selkirk–Interlake) LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat) Russ Hiebert (South Surrey–White Rock–Cloverdale) Daryl Kramp (Prince Edward–Hastings) Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton–Melville) Merv Tweed (Brandon–Souris) David Sweet (Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale) (Continue reading)

Freedom of religion, speech in hands of Supreme Court

On Oct. 12, the case of Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The case stems from events in 2001 and 2002 when Whatcott, a former member of the editorial advisory board of The Interim (1998-1999), as a part of the Christian Truth Activists, distributed flyers against homosexual acts to homes in Regina and Saskatoon. The pamphlets also included statements by Whatcott, a former street kid who engaged in homosexual prostitution to pay ... (Continue reading)

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Two reports renew debate on end-of-life care

Two reports renew debate on end-of-life care

Parliamentary committee says improve care, Royal Society of Canada calls for legalization of assisted death Just days apart in mid-November two reports dealing with end-of-life care came to diametrically opposed conclusions with a Royal Society of Canada panel calling for full legalization of euthanasia and assisted-suicide while the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care made recommendations to improve palliative and end-of-life care, develop suicide prevention strategies, and prevent elder abuse ... (Continue reading)

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CLC urged vote against Liberals, NDP

On Oct. 3 the Ontario Coalition of Abortion Providers and the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada held a press conference to endorse the Liberals and NDP claiming that Tim Hudak threatened access to abortion in Ontario because he indicated he supported defunding abortion back in the 1990s. Campaign Life Coalition responded by sending a telephone voice blast to more than 60,000 Ontario families on their data base urging them to vote for the identified pro-life candidate in their riding and ... (Continue reading)

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Three Tories speak out against government funding Planned Parenthood

Three Tories speak out against  government funding Planned Parenthood

In recent years, the pro-life contingent within the Conservative caucus has been mostly quiet. Some believed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would show his “true colours” and prove true charges that he had a hidden agenda, while others bided their time as good team players. A notable exception was a threatened revolt when the Liberals introduced a motion calling upon the government to include abortion as part of its maternal health ... (Continue reading)

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Poland votes against restricting abortion

A bill completely banning abortions was narrowly rejected by the Polish parliament. Lawmakers voted 191-186 to reject the bill with 5 abstentions. The bill came forward to Parliament as a result of a citizen petition that collected 600,000 signatures in two weeks. It overwhelmingly passed its first vote (254-141) in July and was then delegated to a committee for further work, which rejected it on Aug. 19 by a vote of 45-22. Currently, women in Poland can only have an abortion ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa funds Planned Parenthood

Pro-life leaders have praised the Conservative government for refusing to provide operational funding to International Planned Parenthood by indefinitely delaying a 2010 grant request submitted in 2009, but they have criticized the government over its decision to provide taxpayer money to the world’s largest abortion outfit as part of its 2010 G8 maternal health initiative. Ottawa has not given a cent to IPPF since 2009 following a petition campaign led by Conservative MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-Humboldt) and yet on Sept. 23, ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion issue raised in Ontario election

Abortion issue raised in Ontario election

Hudak draws Liberal flack for supporting defunding petition On July 15, Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella, author of Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics, attacked Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak for allegedly being a socially conservative extremist. Kinsella wrote on his blog that “Hudak would defund abortion,” adding, “it hasn’t been particularly been a secret. It’s just some people hadn’t noticed.”   Kinsella wondered: “So will it become a campaign issue? I’d ... (Continue reading)

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FCP gears up for election, charged with de-emphasizing abortion

FCP gears up for election, charged  with de-emphasizing abortion

Well into the Summer, when the Ontario Progressive Conservative, Liberal and New Democratic parties are getting ready for the Fall election to be held in the province Oct. 6, the Family Coalition Party was setting the foundation for a longer-term project. Phil Lees, the FCP leader, was holding three to four meetings most weeks in different electoral districts to get ready not just for this election, but creating a foundation of activists ... (Continue reading)

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Layton passes away

Layton passes away

NDP leader Jack Layton passed away at the age of 61 on August 22, a month after revealing that he had been diagnosed with a new, unnamed cancer after overcoming pancreatic cancer earlier in the year. Layton had been a supporter of abortion and special rights for gays his whole career. In 1986, as a Toronto city councillor, Layton pushed for benefits for homosexual employees of the city, saying that if ... (Continue reading)

Mayor Ford’s moment of pride

On June 21, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced that he would not be marching in the city’s Gay Pride Parade, as it fell on the same weekend as Canada Day, during which his family traditionally leaves the city to relax at the cottage. “I’ve been going to Huntsville as long as I can remember,” Ford told reporters, “since I was a little boy, we always used to go up north to our cottage, and I’m carrying on the tradition that ... (Continue reading)

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