Elections and our production schedule
The people in charge of setting the dates for elections for provincial elections do not seem to be considering the publishing schedule of monthly publications such as The Interim. With five provincial or territorial elections within an eight-day period near the beginning of October, starting with Prince Edward Island and Northwest Territories on Oct. 3 and ending Oct. 11 in Newfoundland and Labrador, there should be a lot of provincial election coverage in The Interim. Unfortunately, you can only cover the news that occurs and not the news that is about to happen. By the time some of these campaigns would be actively underway, we are producing the October newspaper, but subscribers would not receive that issue of The Interim until the first or second week of October – after election day. We have some pre-election coverage from Ontario because the abortion issue was raised in July as a scare tactic by Liberals and the media.
For up-to-date election coverage, go to our website. Check the Soconvivium blog at theinterim.com/soconvivium to see how life and family issues are being raised (or not raised) in the provincial elections. We also encourage you to check out Campaign Life Coalition’s website and click on the elections button; it should be your pro-life election headquarters. If you are not online, call your local and provincial CLC office for information about individual candidates and where they stand on life issues.
We are not running another editorial reminding readers of their responsibility to vote pro-life. There should be no need to because we ran such an editorial for the federal election this past Spring. Candidates who do not stand up for the sanctity of life, simply do not deserve our votes.
It is so important to elect pro-life provincial legislators because while abortion is partly a criminal matter and thus a federal responsibility, it is regulated and paid for by the provincial government. All the incremental measures that can be used to restrict and reduce abortion, from informed consent to defunding, are under provincial jurisdiction. This paper supports a two-pronged assault on the abortion regime: criminalizaton of abortion by Ottawa and limits on abortion in the provinces to reduce abortion until pre-natal homicide is once again outlawed. The two go hand-in-hand because restrictions on abortion will denormalize prenatal infanticide. But that won’t happen until we elect a critical mass of pro-life provincial legislators.