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Ontario aims to reinstate injunction against pro-lifers

Ontario aims to reinstate injunction against pro-lifers

The Ontario Liberal government is aiming to reinstate a 1994 temporary injunction that bans pro-life activity in front of abortion centers, claiming it was dismissed five months ago by mistake. The attorney general’s office brought an urgent motion last month to reinstate the 24-year-old interim injunction. It was issued by Justice George Adams as part of a $500,000 lawsuit for damages that Bob Rae’s NDP government brought against ... (Continue reading)

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A history of Canada’s secularization

A history of Canada’s secularization

Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867-2017) by Don Hutchinson (Word Alive Press, $22.99, 276 pages) In Under Siege, former Evangelical Fellowship of Canada vice president and general legal counsel Don Hutchinson writes about the history of Christian churches in Canada describing how the Dominion began as a predominantly Christian nation to one in which is being led by the cultural elite “in a direction ... (Continue reading)

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A history of Canadian federalism

A history of Canadian federalism

Sir John’s Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada by John Boyko (Dundurn, $19.99, 213 pages) John Boyko is the author of six books on Canadian history and his latest, Sir John’s Echo, presents the story of Canada since Confederation as a struggle between Ottawa and the provinces, with the central government often asserting itself as a force for national cohesion and necessary change in the country. Boyko says this ... (Continue reading)

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True patriot love

True patriot love

In July, 1776, the Second Continental Congress made its famous Declaration of Independence, announcing, with vehemence and fanfare, a new arrival “among the powers of the earth” with the dissolution of “the political bands” that had connected the 13 Colonies to Britain – the original Brexit. Nearly a century later, another nation joined the powers of the earth when, by an act of British Parliament, the federal Dominion of ... (Continue reading)

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Canadians reject gender-neutral birth certificates

As a number of provinces move to provide options other than male or female on birth certificates, an Angus Reid Institute poll found nearly six in ten Canadians opposed to the idea. The poll of 1,512 Canadians conducted June 8-13 found 58 per cent of respondents opposed to plans “to issue gender-neutral birth certificates upon request,” while 42 per cent support the idea. On the question of gender-neutral identification for those who want such ID for themselves, 52 per cent of Canadians ... (Continue reading)

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The disorder of Canada

The disorder of Canada

Light is Right Joe Campbell I’ve been wondering, of late, why congregants mark July 1 by singing “O Canada” at the end of Mass. I haven’t noticed legislators mark Dec. 25 by singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” at the end of their proceedings. I realize the dates are not strictly comparable. Although Canada Day celebrates the birth of the State, Christmas day doesn’t celebrate the birth ... (Continue reading)

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Demands for Canada’s fertility laws to be re-examined

In a position statement released on May 11 concerning sections six and seven of the 2004 Assisted Human Reproduction Act, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society called on the federal government to legalize the payment of surrogates and egg and sperm donors, though board member Sherry Levitan suggests placing a cap on how much money surrogates or donors can receive. The position statement uses the term “reasonable compensation,” which the society says “helps prevent abuses, ensures fairness and transparency, and ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau revives Court Challenges Program

On Feb. 7, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced the Liberal government would resurrect the Court Challenges Program, the federal fund for third parties to challenge the constitutionality of laws. The CCP was created in the 1970s by the Pierre Trudeau government to launch court challenges to laws based on equality and language rights. The Harper government nixed the program in 2006 and Justin Trudeau ran in 2015 vowing to bring it back. Wilson-Raybould and Joly announced ... (Continue reading)

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Pierre Lemieux on Supreme Court

Pierre Lemieux on Supreme Court

Pierre Lemieux Among the numerous candidates for leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Lemieux is one of the few who merits serious consideration. During 10 years in Parliament, he distinguished himself with an impeccably pro-life record and now he also stands out for denouncing the usurpation of legislative powers by the Supreme Court of Canada. In a letter to supporters on January 6, Lemieux alluded to the ... (Continue reading)

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Candidates address social issues in Tory leadership race

Candidates address social issues in Tory leadership race

    More than a dozen MPs, former MPs, and businessmen are running to replace former prime minister Stephen Harper as permanent leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. With 14 people officially in the race after reality TV star and businessman Kevin O’Leary entered the race in January, some party insiders are beginning to wonder if many candidates will drop out before the May 27 leadership vote. Candidates must declare and ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life, pro-family MP Brad Trost to seek Conservative leadership

Pro-life, pro-family MP Brad Trost to seek Conservative leadership

Pro-life MP Brad Trost to run for Conservative leadership. “I have a 12-year track record of not only voting the right way but speaking out.” MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon - University) was first mentioned as a possible Conservative Party leadership candidate during the party’s policy conference in Vancouver in May. He was critical of the decision by delegates to remove language from ... (Continue reading)

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Politics as marketing

Politics as marketing

Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control by Alex Marland (UBC Press, $39.95 528 pages) In many ways, the thesis of Alex Marland is nothing new: governments and political parties have strict control of their messaging as they present themselves as brands to be sold to voters. Marland, a political science professor at Memorial University, brings scholarly treatment to the topic, with everything good and ... (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)

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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Traditionalism in Canada 50 years after Lament for a Nation

Traditionalism in Canada 50 years after Lament for a Nation

2015 is the 50th Anniversary of George Grant’s Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism, probably Grant’s best known and most accessible book. One could sharply ask today – is there still really a place for Grantian-type traditionalism in current-day Canada? First of all, it should be remembered that Grant’s profound and subtle definition of conservatism is very remote from what is its more common definition today, as ... (Continue reading)

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