Canadian Politics


“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” – Romans 13:1

The state is a huge institution in Canada. It has become responsible for almost every aspect of our lives. But should it be this way? What should our governments be responsible for? How should our electoral system work? These are some of the issues being looked at in this section.


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23 May 2017 New lawyer coming on board with ARPA

Tabitha Ewert There’s a new staff member coming alongside the ARPA team. Tabitha Ewert has just finished her law degree at the University of British Columbia and she’s moving to Ottawa this summer to do a year of articling with ARPA's legal team. To start her training, Tabitha attended the Christian Legal Institute conference in London, Ontario earlier this month. She says the experience was very intense. “We spent about 8 hours of every day in lectures or discussions, and we would then carry over those discussions into meal times and social...

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23 May 2017 A last look back at GGY17

Twenty-nine young people – mostly 11th and 12th graders from across the country – gathered in Ottawa for three days earlier this month for training in politics, worldview, and apologetics. Their experiences and impressions of the conference are now documented in an online video. Generally, the consensus was that the conference was valuable for education, networking, and equipping them to interact with the culture and with their elected officials. One of the participants actually had an encounter with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We were walking out of Question Period and...

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23 May 2017 LN Feature: Confusing the roles of Church and State

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case that has profound implications for the legal relationship between Church and State. It involves church discipline and centres on the question of whether someone who has been disciplined by a church can appeal that discipline in the secular court system. ARPA is looking at filing for intervenor status in this case and lawyer John Sikkema is busy this week studying what it would take to file that application. LN: So give me some background on this case. I...

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16 May 2017 Special Donor Opportunity: ARPA’s Bible Project

Help us bring God’s Word to every MP, Senator, MLA and MPP in Canada!     This year marks the 150th birthday of Canada and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate the special occasion, with your help, ARPA Canada is hoping to present a Bible to every one of our approximately 1,200 federal and provincial government officials. We plan to include a special card encouraging them to look to God’s Word for life and wisdom. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me...

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16 May 2017 LN Feature: Looking at Canada’s Legacy

Jonathon Van Maren addresses delegates at God & Government Youth 2017 When André (Schutten) asked me to talk with you guys tonight a bit about the way forward - and what you guys can all do as you leave here - what I wanted to leave you with first and foremost was a sense of perspective. On Canada’s 150th anniversary, the federal government has been encouraging Canadians to consider what it means to be a Canadian. The current government wants to celebrate a legacy that began - more or less - with...

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09 May 2017 LN Feature: Byfield speaks out – Stopping the Current Onslaught in Education

Ted Byfield Ted Byfield. He was the publisher of the Western Report and Alberta Report magazines from the late 70's to the early 90's. He was involved in the formation of the Reform Party back in that period, and he's the man widely credited with first coining the phrase "the West wants in." After the magazine folded, he edited a book series on the history of Christianity. Ted Byfield, for a lot of western Canadians at least, is an icon of the modern conservative movement. Mr. Byfield is almost 90 years old now, and...

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09 May 2017 God and Government Youth Conference

ARPA Canada’s first-ever youth edition of their signature God and Government is kicking off in Ottawa today. We Need a Law Director Mike Schouten says the idea for this conference goes back to last year. "The past couple of years that we've done the G&G there's always been a couple of young people that attend, and last year we had a trial process whereby we took in some students from Southern Ontario, and that sort of sowed the seeds for this year." He says ARPA decided to have a conference...

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02 May 2017 LN Feature: Leadership Debate

Conservative Leadership candidate, Pierre Lemieux Conservative Leadership candidate Andrew Scheer Conservative Leadership candidate, Brad Trost LN: This is not meant so much to be a "debate" between the three of you as it is an opportunity for each of you to address a primarily social conservative audience one last time before these people fill out their ballots. I'm going to be asking each of you one question to lead off; a different question for each of you. In each instance the focus of the question will be designed to allow you to address a...

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25 Apr 2017 Introducing ARPA Canada’s new Alberta Director

Ed Hoogerdyk, ARPA Canada - Alberta Director ARPA has hired a new Alberta Director. The position had been posted on the website for more than a month, and in the end, the job goes to a man named Ed Hoogerdyk. He's the long-time principal of Tyndale Christian School in Calgary. Hoogerdyk has committed to one more year of work at the school, so the new position will actually take effect in the summer of next year (2018). ...

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28 Mar 2017 Kenney wins Alberta PC leadership

Jason Kenney, leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta There’s considerable optimism among social conservatives in Alberta right now. Earlier this month, former federal Member of Parliament Jason Kenney was elected the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party. He ran on a platform of "uniting the right" – bringing the Alberta PC's and the Wildrose Party back into a single organization to campaign against the NDP in that province’s next election. Kenney won the leadership at a delegated convention, garnering about 75% of the vote on the first...

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