Policy committee scuttles socon resolutions ahead of CPC convention

Conservative policy committee scuttles social conservative resolutions ahead of party’s national convention Paul Tuns After months of grassroots engagement at the riding and regional level, the National Policy Committee of the Conservative Party of Canada took it upon themselves to scuttle socially conservative proposals to the party's convention in Vancouver in late May. One resolution was reportedly reconsidered and nixed after the intervention of interim Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose. The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) has a National Policy Committee of ... (Continue reading)

Conservative Policy Convention shocker: Ambrose, Rempel scuttle policy process

Conservative Policy Convention shocker: Ambrose, Rempel scuttle policy process, pro-life Tories to be silenced at convention Paul Tuns The Interim The Interim has learned that a last minute intervention by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose will prevent any debate on the party’s abortion policy at the upcoming convention in Vancouver May 26-28. This past Thursday, at Ambrose’s request, the National Policy Committee of the CPC voted to block a resolution that would have allowed for a discussion on the party’s “no abortion legislation” policy. Since 2005, ... (Continue reading)

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Policy process for Ontario PCs

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives are meeting this weekend in Ottawa for their general meeting. Many of the presentations concern nitty-gritty riding association-level mechanics that bore the average person: riding redistribution, membership retention, and fundraising. Parties at the provincial and local level need to do these things, but even delegates look like they'd rather be next door shopping at the Rideau Centre or eating in the ByWard Market. Everyone will have their favourite presentations, but the most important part of the convention for ... (Continue reading)

The Interim is at the Ontario PC convention

The Interim is at the Ontario Progressive Conservative convention in Ottawa. We'll be covering it today, including live on my personal Twitter account (@ptuns). Of special interest to grassroots supporters of the party will be the unveiling of the new policy development process and a panel discussion on diversity and cultural engagement. There is also a special guest speaker after lunch. The political nerd in me is interested in the riding redistribution. I'm assuming media is not invited to the breakout ... (Continue reading)

Accessibility in Toronto: far from perfect

The world has watched Toronto for the past two months as the city hosted the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games. Given that the city is renowned worldwide, you might think that it has gone the extra mile to provide a welcoming environment for visitors of all abilities.  This is not the case – a great deal of work still needs to be done. On August 24, Jeremy Appel wrote an article in the ... (Continue reading)

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Pregnancy in the media

The image of the fundamentalist Christian man bringing a gun to an abortion clinic is entrenched in our culture. As a result, the pro-life community is quick to lament the media’s focus on violence committed by those who claim to stand with our cause. What some may not realize is that the stereotype has traveled far beyond the news. I stopped watching Law and Order – one of my favourite TV shows – because I had seen too ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion industry selling aborted babies

The (pro-life) Center for Medical Progress caught a Planned Parenthood employee brokering the sales of aborted babies. If you read the transcript or watch the video, you'll see Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, describe how their employees can carry out an abortion to minimize damage to the preborn child, in ways that sound like they increase the pain the child suffers and possible harm to woman undergoing an abortion. It also sounds ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life MPs bid adieu

Earlier this week Rob Anders and Garry Breitkreuz, pro-life Conservative MPs who are not running for re-election, made statements in the House of Commons saying good-bye to colleagues and thanking supporters. There are two excerpts worth highlighting. Yesterday, Breitkreuz (Yorkton-Melville) said: I will give members an idea of what has moulded my career here. I became a Christian when I was in university. It was a huge struggle for me. I was challenged to scratch below the ... (Continue reading)

When young people ‘get it’

Cosmopolitan blogger Rebecca Rose is enamored with the story of five-year-old Yasmeen, who procrastinated on her homework recently by writing a short letter to President Obama. From the post: "Please stop war for our world, instead have a meeting," Yasmeen wrote. "Please give a speech to tell everyone they can marry who they want."  Yasmeen's letter is pretty perfect and lots of people found it adorable and incredibly ... (Continue reading)

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Socons treated worst than lepers

John Robson has a good piece in the National Post noting that after Patrick Brown won the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership, the condemnation of his social conservative views was near-universal in the media as he was advised to dump his socon supporters and tack to the center on social issues. Robson says that socons are treated worst than lepers considering that nowadays lepers are treated with compassion while social conservatives are shunned as icky relics of a bigoted bygone ... (Continue reading)

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NDP priorities: eliminating people in developing world

The Ottawa Citizen reports, "An NDP government would lift the ban on Canadian foreign aid dollars being used for safe abortions in the world’s poorest countries, Tom Mulcair will announce Tuesday." In 2010, the Conservative government initiated a maternal health program that did not fund abortions in the developing world. The so-called Muskoka Initiative funded nutrition programs, sanitation infrastructure, and safe obstetrics so mothers can deliver their babies healthy and alive. The focus on the maternal health program ... (Continue reading)

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Anti-sex ed rally at Queen’s Park

It's nice to see that the CBC's Mike Crawley says that a half-hour before the 11 am start the crowd "is rather large already" for the anti-sex ed rally at Queen's Park today. Last time several reporters claimed dozens when it was in fact hundreds of protesters. Liberal MPPs, including Premier Kathleen Wynne, have faced numerous protests over the government's radical plan to "update" the province's early sex-ed curriculum, and unless the government withdraws its proposal and works with ... (Continue reading)

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Did Justin Trudeau really say abortion is Canada’s greatest achievement

So I saw Paul Tuns' link to Justin Trudeau's speech last week on "Canadian Liberty" and the Liberal Leader was conspicuous, as he usually is, in talking about liberty or Charter values, without being specific. Liberty is just this thing he invokes, because Liberals need to be about Liberty, he says. There is an exception to his lack of specificity, and that's abortion. Justin Trudeau thinks that abortion is a really good thing. In fact, Justin Trudeau believes ... (Continue reading)

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Liberals want rushed debate on assisted suicide before election

What the Trudeau Liberals are doing makes no sense. The Canadian Press reports that federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau wants the Conservative government to make clear how it plans to respond to the Supreme Court's decision on assisted-suicide before October's scheduled election.Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out the Criminal Code prohibitions on euthanasia and assisted-suicide and told Parliament it has one year to create a new law. If Parliament does not create a new law, there will ... (Continue reading)

‘Boyhood’ reviewed

Rick McGinnis reviewed Boyhood last year, in which he said it is a "film populated with liberal characters, created from a very liberal sensibility, ends up confirming a deeply conservative tenet simply because you can’t argue with emotional facts." Divorce sucks. (Continue reading)

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