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Becoming his own man? Justin Trudeau’s quest for a liberal Canada

Becoming his own man? Justin Trudeau’s quest for a liberal Canada

The Dauphin: The Truth about Justin Trudeau by Paul Tuns (Freedom Press, $21.95 paperback, $9.99 Kindle, 214 pages) At the millennium funeral of the redoubtable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, his eldest son, Justin, delivered a eulogy that defined the differences between Trudeau the Elder and Trudeau the Younger. In an effort seemingly to underscore the drama and solemnity of the moment, the Younger employed the opening line of ... (Continue reading)

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Justin Trudeau on abortion

Justin Trudeau on abortion

For most of Justin Trudeau’s first two years as leader, he evaded specific policy questions and offered platitudes that would offend as few people as possible while making his ideas and ideals sound lofty. But on a pair of divisive issues, Trudeau took positions in which he was crystal clear: legalizing drugs and protecting abortion. When it came to abortion, Trudeau staked his ground early, as an MP. In February ... (Continue reading)

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Benjamin Levin sentenced

Benjamin Levin sentenced

Benjamin Levin, seen in this March 3rd picture leaving the courtroom after pleading guilty to three child-pornography charges, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on May 29th. Benjamin Levin walked out of the Finch Avenue courthouse ... (Continue reading)

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Justin Trudeau touts parliamentary, electoral reform

Justin Trudeau touts parliamentary, electoral reform

Liberal leader promises 'more free votes' but offers fewer free votes For his first two years as Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau offered few specific policies and Canadians were largely left guessing what he would do on most policy files. Trudeau repeatedly stated he would liberalize Canada’s marijuana laws and in 2014 he issued a diktat that under his leadership no ... (Continue reading)

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CLC-endorsed Patrick Brown wins Ontario Tory leadership

CLC-endorsed Patrick Brown  wins Ontario Tory leadership

Patrick Brown at the PC leadership convention. Following the defeat of Tim Hudak in last year’s Ontario election, the provincial Progressive Conservative Party began a nearly nine-month leadership campaign. Christine Elliott, the widow of former finance minister Jim Flaherty and a social liberal, was widely seen as the prohibitive frontrunner. She had been the co-frontrunner in 2009 when the Tories picked Hudak to lead ... (Continue reading)

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Two cheers for Patrick Brown

Before the last of the confetti had fallen on Patrick Brown’s victory celebration, political reporters had already filed their stories: another moral Neanderthal had ascended to the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario’s top spot. To judge from their reports, one might conclude that Brown, and his erstwhile rival, Monte McNaughton, spoke incessantly (and insensitively) about social conservative issues, with members of the press dutifully transmitting the messages of these candidates to the public in a fair, clear way.  Now ... (Continue reading)

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NDP win majority in Alberta, Wildrose also makes gains

After more than four decades in power, on May 5, the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party was reduced to third-party status with just 10 seats as the pro-abortion NDP won a 53-seat majority and the Wildrose Party surged to second place with 21 MLAs. Jim Prentice, who was both pro-abortion and pro-gay rights, was selected PC leader last fall and became the province’s  premier. Although he won his seat, he immediately resigned as both leader and MLA, creating what some social conservatives ... (Continue reading)

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Levin pleads guilty, still faces sentencing for child porn

Levin pleads guilty, still faces sentencing for child porn

Ben Levin The sentencing hearing for Benjamin Levin, a former top bureaucrat in Ontario’s Ministry of Education, took place from April 13 to 15. In March, Levin pled guilty in court to three out of seven charges: creating written child pornography, encouraging a person to commit sexual assault, and possessing child pornography. Critics of Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum note Levin was deputy minister of education while Kathleen Wynne was ... (Continue reading)

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The Supremacy of the Courts?

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC) was busy last month; they handed down two significant judgements. Both are significantly flawed. The judgement on prayer in a municipal chamber in Quebec was discussed in more detail in Leader Rod Taylor’s article in the Vancouver Sun, but other arbitrary decisions by the SCOC, including its recent ban on mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related infractions, raise another whole level of concerns about the Supreme Court itself. With calls for increased gun control and condemnation ... (Continue reading)

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#No2Trudeau campaign a success

#No2Trudeau campaign a success

Alissa Golob (left) and Jonathon Van Maren (right) address the attendees of the Toronto launch of the #No2Trudeau campaign April 10. A pro-life cross-country tour highlighting the extreme pro-abortion position of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is being labelled a success by organizers Alissa Golob and Jonathon Van Maren. Golob of Campaign ... (Continue reading)

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Brown the ‘clear choice’ in Ontario PC leadership race

Brown the ‘clear choice’ in Ontario PC leadership race

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)

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Exclusive interview with Monte McNaughton

Exclusive interview with Monte McNaughton

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)

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Gairdner on liberals vs. conservatives

Gairdner on liberals vs. conservatives

William D. Gairdner, prolific author of The War on the Family, The Trouble with Canada, and several other penetrating publications, is one of the most influential conservative intellectuals in North America. In his latest book, The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives will Never, Ever Agree,  he explains how the ideological divide between left- and right-wingers in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere in the Western world has developed into an acrimonious ... (Continue reading)

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The Liberals’ desperate turn

The Liberals’ desperate turn

The Liberal Party has heeded that old adage of advertising: if you have a problem, feature it.  After decades in the ascendancy as the most winningest party in the West, they have all but collapsed. A string of feckless leaders – Martin, Dion, Ignatieff – have left the Natural Governing Party without their aura of inevitability. But their very desperation has attuned them to the weaknesses of their thin-principled ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life movement launches No2Trudeau campaign

Pro-life movement launches No2Trudeau campaign

On March 13, a joint initiative of Campaign Life Coalition Youth and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform kicked off their No2Trudeau campaign in Victoria, B.C. CLCY coordinator Alissa Golob and CCCB communications director Jonathon Van Maren will be speaking in 23 cities in total from coast to coast in nine provinces and the tour will end May 12 in Peterborough, Ont. Their goal is to highlight Trudeau’s “extremist position” on ... (Continue reading)

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