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 Feb 2019 Job posting: BC Manager

The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to educating, equipping, and encouraging Reformed Christians to political action in Canada and shining the light of God’s Word to our civil governments. By God’s grace, and through the support of our donors, we are looking to expand our work in British Columbia by adding a full-time BC Manager. The primary responsibility of the successful applicant will be to mobilize Reformed Christians in BC to effective political action and to bring a solid Christian perspective to the...

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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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05 Oct 2018 God and Government Youth Conference 2019

Are you a student interested in Canadian Politics? Do you want to make a difference? Do we have an opportunity for you! We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting our second God and Government Youth conference from February 6 - 8, 2019 at our Ottawa office! Applications are open to any Grade 11 or 12 students attending a Reformed church in Canada. The deadline to apply is December 7, 2018. This conference will educate students on current political issues and equip them to get involved. Interested students are required to complete an online...

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29 Aug 2018 Updated Job Posting – Administrative Assistant for WNAL Campaign

The (WNAL) campaign is a public awareness campaign with a mission to engage and equip Canadians in the political process to change minds, change laws, and save pre-born lives. It is an initiative of the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada. Due to a maternity leave we are looking for an administrative assistant to address our ongoing needs in carrying out the mission of WNAL. Note: This is a one-year replacement position with the possibility of turning into a permanent part-time position after the maternity leave period is over.
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27 Aug 2018 ARPA Canada Fall Tour 2018 – Are you ready for what’s coming?

It’s been nearly 50 years since Canada legalized abortion. Today, we are the only country in the world with no legal restrictions. We have a plan to change that. Are you ready for what’s coming? - Mike Schouten, Director of Advocacy  This past June, our Supreme Court struck a blow against religious freedom in the Trinity Western law school decision. The Court dramatically narrowed Charter protections for our charities, schools and for Christian professionals. Are you ready for what’s coming? - André Schutten, Director of Law and Policy ...

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24 Jul 2018 Charities are free to do political advocacy, Ontario court rules

Implications for charities and potential charities Registered charities may issue charitable tax receipts for donations. That’s a big benefit for any donor-funded organization, if it can be registered as a charity. Canadian law says a registered charity can only engage in “political activities” that are “ancillary and incidental” to its charitable activities. Those activities will then be deemed charitable, since all a charity’s activities must be charitable. The Canada Revenue Agency sets a 10% limit on the portion of resources that a charity may devote to ancillary political activities. But on July 16,...

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04 Jul 2018 E-petitions, Ice Cream, and Blasphemy

by Mark Penninga Earlier this year, e-petition maker posted a petition and call for a boycott in response to a Toronto-based chain of ice-cream stores called “Sweet Jesus.” More petitions like it quickly followed. It isn’t only their name that is blasphemous. The company mocks our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in their marketing, symbols, and even the names they use for their ice-cream flavours. The mainstream media, always on the look-out for examples of perceived Christian fundamentalism, were quick to pick up the story of the petitions and boycotts. TV networks...

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07 Jun 2018 Ontario Election: Congratulations and Call to Prayer

ARPA Canada congratulates all newly elected or re-elected members of the legislative assembly of Ontario.  And we congratulate the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and its leader Doug Ford for their election victory. We pray for peace and strength and a time of refreshing for all candidates, as an election can be very physically and emotionally draining. For those elected, may they be blessed as they prepare to take up their work as representatives and legislators. For those not elected, may they experience a smooth return to their work or be...

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