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The Menace of Judicial Activism – Question and answer with: Rory Leishman

Editor-in-chief Paul Tuns interviewed Against Judicial Activism author and Interim columnist Rory Leishman via e-mail The Interim: What is judicial activism and how did it get started? Rory Leishman: Judges engage in judicial activism when they presume to change the law from the bench, rather than exercise judicial restraint by ... (Continue reading)

The Menace of Judicial Activism – Judical activism under scrutiny

Against Judicial Activism: The Decline of Freedom and Democracy in Canada by Rory Leishman (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006. 310 pp.) Conservative M.P. Maurice Vellacott found himself in the middle of a storm of controversy after he suggested this past spring that Supreme Court justices play god with the law. He ... (Continue reading)

There is good reason to hope for pro-life gains

So far, Canada’s new Conservative government has done precious little to promote the sanctity of human life, but pro-lifers should not give up on the Conservative party. There is good reason to hope for major pro-life gains from the Harper Conservatives after the next federal election. Consider what Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already accomplished. ... (Continue reading)

MP proves himself a false prophet

Despite scoffs, polygamy does follow same-sex ‘marriage’ Among serious Catholics in our riding, Tony Martin is known as “the Irish Souper.” This is not a reference to our MP’s former position with Sault Ste. Marie’s soup kitchen.  Rather, it refers to the Irish immigrant and one-time Catholic seminarian’s vote on ... (Continue reading)

FCP holds its annual convention

The Family Coalition Party of Ontario is setting its sights on having at least one member elected to the Ontario Legislature by the year 2011. At the FCP’s annual convention and general meeting in Mississauga April 22, leader Giuseppe Gori said the prospect of proportional representation, or a mixed proportional representation system, coupled with “a ... (Continue reading)

Was the Christian Heritage Party successful in the 2006 election?

In politics, success and failure are usually measured in terms of how many seats a party has won in the last election. If it has won a lot, it is successful. If it hasn’t won many – or hasn’t won any at all – then it must be a failure. That’s the way we generally view things in politics.... (Continue reading)

Saving Dalton McGuinty

One day recently, I burst into Premier Dalton McGuinty's office in Queen's Park, hotly pursued by a number of his aides. "I've come to save you, Dalton!" I yelled. "Sir, it's that Frank Kennedy - he just stormed by us," some flunky explained to the premier. "I'm afraid he's become unhinged. Shall I call security?" ... (Continue reading)

Stephen Harper, his faith life and public policy

In recent years, Canada has mostly had people in the prime minister's chair who claimed the Catholic faith as their own. But now, for the first time since John Diefenbaker, we have a person of evangelical faith holding the highest office in the nation. Many are questioning how Harper's faith convictions will affect the way ... (Continue reading)

Recovering the true meaning of the word ‘liberal’

The election post-mortems were far more critical of ex-prime minister Paul Martin than anything the Tories had to offer during their campaign. This may have been due to the fact that there is little point in torpedoing a ship that is already sinking on its own. After all, Judge Gomery had told Canadians that they witnessed a catastrophic failure ... (Continue reading)

It’s time to scrap the gag law

When Stephen Harper was elected prime minister, he promised change, he promised reform, he promised better, more accountable government. That might sound like a tall order to some, but it really isn't. Indeed, here's a quick and easy way the prime minister can get started: he can scrap a Liberal-enacted election law that ... (Continue reading)

Knights of Columbus poised to become more political

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization that calls itself the "right arm of the church." The organization boast 1.7 million members worldwide and nearly a quarter-million members in Canada. About 57,000 of these members belong to one of 500 local Ontario councils. The Knights are pro-life and pro-family. Each year, they donate thousands ... (Continue reading)

PMO’s action a concern

In March, the media obtained an e-mail from the Prime Minister's Office that told cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats that their communications were to be vetted by the same Prime Minister's Office. Many noted that this is the kind of heavy-handedness the Conservatives often criticized in Jean Chretien's PMO. We will take a slightly (but only slightly) more forgiving view. ... (Continue reading)

C’mon, Canada, we can do better

Watching Judge Marshall Rothstein, our newest Supreme Court justice, perform was like watching Wayne Gretzky in his prime dodge, circle, hide and evade. Wayne had the aid of a hockey cop dressed in a uniform similar to Wayne’s, who was ready to hospitalize any opponent aiming to hospitalize Wayne. What did we know about ... (Continue reading)

Lobbyist holds MPs’ feet to the fire

Aidan Reid is not your typical Ottawa lobbyist. The 29-year-old first became interested in political activism as a teenager, after attending a presentation on abortion. “I was shocked to discover how common this gruesome practice is in Canada,” Reid told The Interim. “So ... (Continue reading)

A first step toward the end of judicial activism?

Legalizing abortion and child pornography, overturning the definition of marriage, requiring the funding of sex change operations and granting prisoners the vote are just some of the outrageous decisions forced on Canadians, not by elected legislatures, but by unelected courts. Those courts have been stacked with increasingly activist, liberal judges for the past ... (Continue reading)

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