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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10 Oct 2017 Status of Women Committee

Anna Nienhuis, Policy & Research Coordinator, We Need a LAW There was considerable furore on Parliament Hill last week over the appointment of a new Chair for the Status of Women Committee. By convention, the chair is always occupied by a non-government member of the Committee, and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had nominated his Women's Issues critic, Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder, to that position. However, when the nomination first came before the Committee, Liberal and NDP members walked out, protesting that Harder was pro-life and because of that, wasn't able to...

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26 Sep 2017 M-103

MP Iqra Khalid Parliament's Heritage Committee has started a round of public hearings that were mandated earlier this year with the passage of Motion 103. That motion instructed the Committee to "undertake a study of how the government could develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia.” ARPA lawyer John Sikkema has been watching some of the hearings in Ottawa, and he says it's becoming clear that the committee is broadening the focus of its discussions beyond just the term "Islamophobia". He says the motion...

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26 Sep 2017 Fall Tour

The annual ARPA Fall Tour is underway. The tour started yesterday in Winnipeg, and there's 20 stops planned before it wraps up on October 20th in Neerlandia, Alberta. The theme of this year's tour is "Who is Sovereign", and ARPA Executive Director Mark Penninga says a lot of work has gone into making the presentations engaging and practical. "Our goal is that everybody leaves educated, equipped, and encouraged." Discussion items include the Wall case that's being argued before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as various government initiatives on...

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12 Sep 2017 LN Feature: Stomping on your Toes

Dr. David Koyzis There's a provincial election coming up in Ontario less than a year from now. Voters are due to go to the polls on June 8th, 2018, and there's a lot of turmoil in Ontario politics heading into that vote. Patrick Brown's PC Party is facing considerable internal dissension; several unsuccessful nominees are going to court, challenging the way nomination procedures have been run. Social conservatives in that province are becoming increasingly concerned with what they see as a drift by the Ontario PCs into social liberalism. That has prompted the...

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05 Sep 2017 ARPA Fall Tour

Plans have now been finalized for the annual ARPA fall tour. This year's tour starts September 25th, and wraps up on October 20th. Hannah Sikkema is coordinating the events, and she says the focus this year is on the question of authority. “We all know that we’re all under an ultimate authority, and the question that we’re posing to our audience(s) is: ‘Is that authority Christ or the state?’ And we would obviously say it’s Christ.” The tour this year is being split into two sections, with two different sets of...

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22 Aug 2017 Bible Project

ARPA Canada Executive Director, Mark Penninga ARPA’s “Bibles Project” is more than halfway to its funding goal. Executive Director Mark Penninga says the organization is committed to seeing this through, for several very good reasons. “Beneath the legal and political battles of our day, there’s the age-old spiritual battle. It’s what Ephesians says about our struggle being against not flesh and blood, but the rulers and authorities and the powers of this dark world. And although a vast majority of ARPA’s efforts involve trying to communicate Biblical truths in a way...

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18 Aug 2017 ARPA Canada Fall Tour 2017 – Who is Sovereign?

Would you be okay with a judge telling the elders of your church how to exercise church discipline? Would you be okay with the premier telling you how to raise your kids? It is beginning to happen. And it doesn’t stop there. The Supreme Court will hear a case to decide whether they have the power to overturn a church discipline decision. Laws continue to be introduced limiting how parents can educate, discipline and raise their children. How should we respond? Join us as we together strive to honour Christ’s authority over all. We will be on tour across Canada...

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25 Jul 2017 LN Feature: Truth at the Crossroads

Dr. Scott Masson, Associate Professor of English - Tyndale University College On the feature this week, a look at a new media enterprise promoting a Christian worldview on the humanities, and on the human condition generally. It’s a new website, and the man behind it is Dr. Scott Masson. He's an Associate Professor of English at Tyndale University College in Toronto. In the past, Dr. Masson has also been associated with Joe Boot's Ezra Institute and the Westminster Classical Christian Academy in Toronto. LN: So you've started a new enterprise - a new...

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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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