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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02 Apr 2020 Society waking up to what it means to think of others

Just a few short weeks ago, we shared with you our grave concerns about Bill C-7, a bill introduced to expand euthanasia to those whose death is not reasonably foreseeable. This bill would make even more Canadians eligible for, and thus vulnerable to, euthanasia. Thankfully, with Parliament temporarily suspended on account of COVID-19, this bill has also been put on hold. In this holding period, the events unfolding around us have been astounding when we think of the shift in language and behaviour toward the most vulnerable. When hordes of young...

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19 Mar 2020 ARPA Quarantine Webinars

document.getElementsByClassName("date")[0].innerText="April 2, 2020"; We’ve come to the end of two weeks of webinars and want to thank everyone for participating! They have been well attended, and while they are definitely more challenging for the staff to present then the traditional way, we are appreciating that we can connect with you through this technology. As you will see below, we have scaled back the intensity of the webinars for next week. We are also excited that our Alberta manager, Ed Hoogerdyk, has put together some presentations for children in grades 6 & 7....

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02 Oct 2019 Responding to Proposals to Ban Conversion Therapy

Canada and British Columbia are not strangers to the controversy around gender and sexuality. In the last few years, ARPA has waded into the fray around SOGI 123, a three-step plan to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism in BC schools. ARPA also intervened in the A.B. v C.D. & E.F. case at the BC Court of Appeal. In both instances, we argue the biblical and scientific truth that biology matters, and that parents, children, and all citizens should be free to live and speak in accordance with their religious and moral...

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Mark Warawa

20 Jun 2019 A Tribute to Mark Warawa

By Levi Minderhoud   I first met Mark Warawa the day that I stepped into his parliamentary office in Ottawa in January of 2016. I was taking a semester off from my regular studies to spend a semester interning for Mr. Warawa through Trinity Western University’s Laurentian Leadership Centre. At the time, I had a vague knowledge that this Conservative MP for Langley-Aldergrove was a defender of life, freedom, and family, but I did not yet understand at the time the strength of his Christian convictions and his willingness to bring this...

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07 May 2019 First-Ever BC God and Government Conference a Success

By Mark Penninga “It is a rather audacious title for a conference – God & Government,” remarked Rev. Rob Schouten as he opened the inaugural BC God & Government.  Although the title did apparently cause some consternation for the BC Humanist Association, the approximately 55 attendees who took part in this event were edified by quality training that, when translated into action, will be a blessing to our governments and the broader public (including those who think they are better off when God and government do not mix in any way). Not...

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08 Apr 2019 You’re Invited! BC God and Government Conference – May 4, 2019

ARPA Fraser Valley East and ARPA Langley chapters are hosting a one-day BC God and Government Conference that will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 8:30-5:30, at Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church. Reformed Christians from across the province are invited to attend. At the event, we will be hosting several speakers from ARPA, the community, and the BC legislature to talk specifically about provincial issues--such as SOGI and parental rights--and how to become more involved in provincial politics. We have invited MLAs to a social hour at the conclusion of the day, where conference attendees can...

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08 Apr 2019 You are invited to the Anti-Revolutionary Party!

Mark Penninga “Lasting recovery is only possible when there is a blessing on the preaching of the Word. It can expose any worldly wisdom.” If you came to one of ARPA Canada’s fall tour presentations last year, you may remember hearing this quote that I attributed to Groen Van Prinsterer. Although he lived way back in 1801-1876 and was active in a different (Dutch) political context, his writings speak powerfully to our 21st century Western world. Groen’s clear-headed call for faithful Christian political engagement is more than relevant. It is much-needed correction...

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08 Jan 2019 ARPA Canada – Plans for 2019

by Mark Penninga In our weekly staff call this Monday morning, I read from 1 Corinthians 3:11-13: “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.” As we look into a new year with hopes, plans, and maybe also some anxiety or fear, we do...

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14 Nov 2018 Proportional Representation or First-Past-the-Post? Some resources to help make a decision

This month, British Columbia is voting on how they want to vote in the future. On the referendum ballot is the current first-past-the-post electoral system and three different forms of proportional representation. The outcome of this vote will not only shape how British Columbians are represented in the Legislature, but will also shape the way parties form, the way the province is governed, and the way British Columbians are able to communicate through the ballot box. There is a lot of information out there, and we highly recommend doing your research as...

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09 Oct 2018 Canadian governance: is optimism a thing?

by Daniel Zekveld As a young Christian interested in politics, I have heard questions such as, “Can Christians really be effective in politics today?” or “How much influence can you really have?” Other Christians will comment to the effect that politics is a hard task, and that it is difficult to retain the Christian faith while being involved in our political system. As a new intern with ARPA, I was also asked by a classmate, “Doesn’t ARPA get discouraged by the number of cases they work so hard on, and then lose?” The...

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