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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20 Jun 2017 Sharing the Word of God with every Canadian politician: 1,200 Bibles to be distributed this year

Bryan Grim, Chair of the Board, ARPA Canada ARPA Canada has launched a new project in recognition of Canada's 150th birthday and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The organization is trying to get Bibles placed into the offices of every federal and provincial MP, MLA, MPP, and MNA in the country. That's about 1,200 Bibles. ARPA Board Chair Bryan Grim says the idea came after Executive Director Mark Penninga visited some MLA’s offices in Edmonton. "He realized that on the shelves in their offices they had a number of books;...

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06 Jun 2017 Ontario legislature passes troubling new family bill, but not without dissenting voices

The Ontario legislature has now passed Bill 89, the “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017.” This new law effectively gives the province the right to seize children from families who oppose LGBTQ+ and transgender ideologies, and allows government agencies to effectively ban couples who disagree with the government on those issues from fostering or adopting children. The final vote on the bill was held last Thursday morning, and it received royal assent Thursday afternoon. ARPA and other pro-family groups had been putting a lot of pressure on MPPs to vote against...

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06 Jun 2017 LN Feature: It’s Andrew Scheer – Now What?

- Scott Hayward, co-founder of Right Now Director, Mike Schouten On the feature this week, two interviews about the election of Mr. Andrew Scheer as Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Scheer won the post at a leadership convention in Toronto on May 27th - in a preferential ballot that went to 13 counts. In the end, he beat out Quebec libertarian candidate Maxime Bernier. Scheer got just under 51% of the points in the Party's riding by riding distribution system; Bernier ended up with just over 49%. Since the win, Scheer has...

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01 Jun 2017 “Safe Injection Sites” – Coming to a City Near You?

By John Sikkema   “Safe” or “supervised” injection sites provide drug users with clean needles and medical supervision for injecting narcotics. So far, there are none in Canada outside of Vancouver. But that is likely to change. Parliament just made it a lot easier to establish safe injection sites with Bill C-37, which passed earlier this month. Canada’s Health Minister is currently reviewing 19 applications for such sites, and more applications are expected. Another win for “harm reduction” You may recall the 2011 Insite case (Canada v PHS Community Services Society), in which the Supreme...

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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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