Written on 1 May, 2015 at 3:42 in Announcements, Features, Politics, Society & Culture
Monte McNaughton said that Patrick Brown shares his social conservative convictions, but also the best approach to party revitalization.
While there was no risk of vote-splitting in the preferential ballot system, Monte McNaughton’s withdrawal leaves one social conservative in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race.
On April 9, with about a month ... (Continue reading)
Written on 1 May, 2015 at 2:31 in Announcements, Features, Politics
MPP Monte McNaughton
On April 21, MPP Monte McNaughton, a former leadership contender for the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership, sat down and talked to The Interim about his future, and more importantly, the future of the PC Party. He stressed that Ontario does not need a “second Liberal Party” and said that only Patrick Brown can ensure that the Tories do not become “Liberal lite.”
McNaughton, who criss-crossed the ... (Continue reading)
Written on 12 Feb, 2013 at 16:08 in Announcements, Features, Politics
Justin Trudeau once said he could support Quebec separatism over abortion and same-sex 'marriage.'
In 2011, the Liberal Party suffered their worst ever federal election result, dropping to third place with a mere 34 seats. Never before had the one-time Natural Governing Party been relegated to third party status, so Michael Ignatieff stepped down as leader the day after the election, Bob Rae became the interim leader, and the search for ... (Continue reading)
Written on 30 Nov, 2012 at 11:52 in Announcements, Features, Politics
On Nov, 6, and after a nasty campaign that seemed to last forever, President Barack Obama was re-elected, handily defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, albeit by a narrower margin than he vanquished John McCain in 2008. Obama’s victory was puzzling to many on the Right and led to the inevitable soul-searching that follows any electoral defeat. The usual suspects blamed, among other things, social conservatives, and that would seem ... (Continue reading)
Written on 20 Nov, 2012 at 11:14 in Announcements, Features, Politics
Polls show that Justin Trudeau, the 40-year-old second term Papineau MP and son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau (whose 1969 Omnibus bill permitted widespread abortion in Canada), would instantly make the currently third-place Liberals serious contenders to win the 2015 election. Pro-life leaders think that development would be a disaster for Canada.
Justin Trudeau’s rise has been a lifetime in the making including media plaudits for speeches he made while ... (Continue reading)
Written on 6 Nov, 2012 at 8:44 in Announcements, Features, Politics
Every election is said to be the most important, but 2012 certainly will be one in which the outcome could significantly shift American economic and social policy, from government intrusion into the private economic and moral lives of citizens to the composition of the Supreme Court for the next two decades, and much more. A number of books have come out in 2012 to give a glimpse into the past ... (Continue reading)
Written on 23 Oct, 2012 at 7:27 in Announcements, Features, Politics
In 1775, the famous aphorist, Samuel Johnson, quipped that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” His biographer, reporting this remark, quickly added that “he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak for self-interest.” Johnson’s observation, however, seems to have a different meaning than the one his biographer offered ... (Continue reading)
Written on 19 Oct, 2012 at 15:04 in Columnist, Rory Leishman
National Affairs Rory Leishman
United States President Barack Obama is an astute political tactician. Unlike his secular advisors, he was quick to recognize that the deletion of any reference to God in the initial draft of the Democratic Party Platform was a political blunder.
The great majority of Americans still regard themselves as Christians and expect their leaders to believe in God. In a recent survey, the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute ... (Continue reading)
Written on 13 Oct, 2012 at 7:21 in Announcements, Features, Politics
Pro-lifers labelled the Democratic National Convention “Abortion-Palooza” after Barack Obama and numerous speakers highlighted “abortion,” “choice,” and “reproductive rights” in their speeches. After four years in power, Obama presides over an economy that remains in shambles and a world as unstable as dangerous as he inherited (if not more), so Democrats had to find something – anything – to talk about other than the president’s obvious failure to address the United ... (Continue reading)
Written on 26 Sep, 2011 at 11:16 in Events
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 ... (Continue reading)
Written on 10 May, 2011 at 6:24 in Announcements, Editorials, Election Briefs, Features
On May 2, Canadians will go to the polls to elect members of the 41st Parliament and, even now, the mainstream media is shaping the simplified story that will be told about the day’s results. The upcoming election will be taken as some sort of referendum about the incumbent government and, with no more precision than the ancient augurers, a legion of commentators will scrutinize the entrails of the electoral results, ... (Continue reading)
Written on 10 May, 2011 at 6:01 in Announcements, Election Briefs, Features
Conservative MP Gary Lunn is Minister of State (Sport) and won re-election by nearly 2600 votes in 2008 over Liberal Briony Penn, but this time he is facing Green Party leader Elizabeth May and the other left-of-centre parties are pulling back their efforts in an apparent attempt to help her knock off the incumbent. Lunn is rated pro-life and pro-family by CLC and has a perfect 11 for 11 voting record on issues of importance rated by the national ... (Continue reading)
Written on 12 Nov, 2008 at 19:43 in Politics
Pro-lifers probably have mixed feelings about the 2008 election. On the plus side, the pro-life contingent in Parliament is about the same. On the negative side, abortion was barely a topic in the election campaign and when it was brought up, the two major leaders said some disturbing things.
When the final ballots were counted, ... (Continue reading)
Written on 4 Oct, 2008 at 15:56 in Politics
Voters urged to consider views of individual candidates
On Sept. 8, Prime Minister Stephen Harper went to the Governor General and asked that an election be called for Oct. 14. The opposition criticized the move considering that by law an election was scheduled for October 2009. Pundits said the Tories were taking advantage of the Liberals poor polling numbers.... (Continue reading)
Written on 4 Oct, 2008 at 15:54 in Election Briefs
Duceppe attacks Opus Dei candidate
Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe attacked Nicole Charbonneau Barron, who is the Conservative candidate in the South Shore Montreal riding of St. Bruno-St. Hubert, and a member of the Catholic group Opus Dei. Duceppe said Barron?s candidacy and membership in Opus Dei proves that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a ?right -wing ideologue? and that the Conservative Party is narrow-minded. Speaking ... (Continue reading)