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How it works

• Each party nominates its local candidates (as now), as well as a list of candidates for the whole province, in the order that it wants them to be elected. Before the election, parties must submit their lists, and the details of the process they used to create them, to Elections Ontario. Elections Ontario will publish this information widely, ... (Continue reading)

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Seminar seeks to bridge the faith-politics divide

Practical tools to help the pro-life Christian to “be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove” were taught at a Toronto seminar “to assist faith-oriented Canadians to participate responsibly in Canadian politics.” The two-day gathering, which was not focused on a specific issue or party, was offered May 11-12 by the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, ... (Continue reading)

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FCP gears up for election

Ontario’s Family Coalition Party has 35 candidates committed to run so far in the upcoming provincial election and hopes to have one in every riding by the time Oct. 10 arrives. Leader Giuseppi Gori, speaking to The Interim after the FCP’s 20th anniversary convention in ... (Continue reading)

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Session trained future conservative leaders

A leading U.S. organization in the field of increasing the number and effectiveness of conservative public policy leaders brought its expertise north of the border recently as part of the annual convention of Ontario’s Family Coalition Party. The Leadership Institute held a Grassroots Campaign School ... (Continue reading)

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Presidential hopefuls react to partial-birth abortion ban ruling

The following are the reactions of the United States presidential contenders to the April 18, 5-4 ruling by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the 2003 federal ban on partial-birth abortion. Republicans Rudy Giuliani The Supreme Court reached the correct conclusion in upholding the congressional ban on ... (Continue reading)

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Federal budget makes families a priority

When federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered his second budget recently, the political left – the opposition parties, special interests and labour unions – railed against it for not funding universal childcare or environmental projects. The right – including the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the Fraser Institute – complained that it did not restrain spending or offer broad-based tax cuts. ... (Continue reading)

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New Brunswick conscience bill defeated

On March 2, the opposition Tories in New Brunswick’s legislature introduced Bill 37, An Act to Amend the Marriage Act. MLA David Alward, who authored the bill, said it was an affirmation of the rights of those clergy and clerks of the court (marriage commissioners) who have conscientious objections to performing same-sex “marriages,” and was needed to prevent them ... (Continue reading)

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Dion wants more ‘safe injection’ sites

Notwithstanding inconclusive evaluations of its success, Liberal party leader Stephane Dion has praised Vancouver’s supervised drug injection facility and promised that as prime minister, he would support mayors of other cities who want to establish similar projects. Relying on favourable information from the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS – including a notable study from November 2006 – Dion made ... (Continue reading)

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Media, the left have fits over Tory changes to judge appointments

For several weeks in February, the Globe and Mail appointed itself the official opposition to the federal government, running numerous articles, columns and editorials criticizing the process by which the Conservative government of Stephen Harper is choosing judges. Last year, the government amended the composition of the federal Judicial Advisory Committees that examine government nominees to ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta to offer ethical vaccine alternatives

The deputy minister of health in Alberta has admitted that both the federal and provincial public health agencies are aware some vaccines in use in Canada were produced with the use of cell lines from aborted babies. Furthermore, the Alberta government is set to provide alternative vaccines that are not tainted by abortion. The admission comes in a letter to ... (Continue reading)

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Colour pink politics red

Just before the Liberal leadership convention, the Liberal Women’s Caucus released their Pink Book, a slick public relations item that dresses up big government programs as progressive policies to benefit women. Belinda Stronach, heiress to the Magna fortune and self-anointed protector of middle-class women everywhere, is chair of the Liberal Women’s Caucus. Upon release of the Pink Book, she said the Tory ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa names reprotech panel

On Dec. 21, federal Health Minister Tony Clement named the board for Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, an oversight agency established by the federal government to regulate reproductive and experimental technologies, such as in-vitro fertilization and stem cell research. This was done when it passed the Assisted Human Reproduction Act in 2004. Immediately, proponents of embryonic stem cell research and their media allies criticized the appointments to ... (Continue reading)

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Dark side of Conservative party exposed

Sacrificed? Truth or Politics by Larry D. Spencer (Kayteebella Productions, $17.99, 172 pages) Truth and politics – are they mutually exclusive? After reading Larry Spencer’s new book Sacrificed? Truth or Politics, the answer, unfortunately, seems to be yes. And that’s the main reason every concerned Canadian should read this well-written volume.... (Continue reading)

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New Brunswick won’t be further coerced into funding abortions

A year ago, Ottawa was pressuring New Brunswick to pay for abortions committed in Henry Morgentaler’s Fredericton abortuary. Today, nobody seems to be in a hurry to pursue that issue. Under former premier Bernard Lord’s Conservative government, the province paid for abortions only if they were done in hospitals after two doctors attested ... (Continue reading)

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Little good news in Dion’s winning of the Liberal leadership

Stephane Dion, a cabinet minister in the Jean Chretien and Paul Martin governments, shocked the political world when he overcame Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae, the two frontrunners for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, at the party’s convention in Montreal. With the support of former Ontario education minister Gerard Kennedy, Dion leapt ahead ... (Continue reading)

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