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 Sep 2008 Are Canada’s politicians talking about what Canadians want to hear?

eReview #50 - By Dave Quist, Executive Director, Institute of Marriage and Family CanadaSo it begins. Canadians are now in the midst of a federal election. Over the next 35 days, we will be inundated with information—email, “demon-dialers”, TV, radio, newspapers, even at the front door of our homes. It won’t end until voting day, Tuesday, October 14. For some of us, it will be policy wonk heaven – debates, policy announcements and political rhetoric every day. For others, it will be the longest five weeks imaginable.If pundits are correct, we are going to hear a lot about leadership, economic indicators, the environment, jobs and healthcare. These are important issues. However, there are several other topics that should also be part of public discourse. This is true whether they receive any serious consideration this election cycle or not. Here are some of the issues that we would like to see discussed during this federal campaign and subsequently, the 40th Parliament:
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09 Sep 2008 Which bills died as a result of the election?

This movie, courtesy of 4My Canada, lists the legislation that did not get passed before an election was called. Some of these are worthy of support in a new session of Parliament. Others should never be brought back to see the light of day. This list will be helpful when bringing issues up at all-candidates meetings, letters to the editor, or in discussions with your friends and family. ...

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09 Sep 2008 Dion pledges to return, bolster axed court-challenges program

ARPA Note> This is the program that was used to successfully challenge the definition of marriage and advance the homosexual political cause.CBC News Online: Sept 9, 2008Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion pledged Tuesday to restore funding for the federal court-challenges program if elected prime minister, and to double it, saying its cancellation by the Conservatives was "damaging the fabric of our society." The program set aside $3 million a year to pay the legal fees of groups that wanted to challenge government decisions that affected their rights as guaranteed by...

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09 Sep 2008 Gambling At the Ballot Box

If we really think about it, the vote that we may cast on October 19 is extraordinary. We have been given a say in who will rule this country and by what principles it will be ruled. The power of your vote is no less than anyone else's, not even the Prime Minister's. Throughout history, much blood was spilled so that citizens could have a voice in government. And in many other countries, elections are corrupted with intimidation and dishonesty. We are sure blessed to be able to contribute in such a meaningful way to the government of Canada. It is both a great privilege and a great responsibility to be able to vote. But judging from the dismal voter turnout and the attitude towards elections, it sure does not seem that Canadians see our vote as a privilege and responsibility. What do I mean? Canadians, including many Christians, treat their vote as if it is a gambling game. We try to calculate the direction that this country or riding is going in and then we cast our vote pragmatically, if at all. "It would be a wasted vote if I voted for him or her," or "I’ll put my vote behind the candidate who will most likely beat the party that I despise" are just two examples of a much more common phenomenon.
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09 Sep 2008 Gambling At the Ballot Box

By Mark Penninga - ARPA Canada (www.arpacanada.ca) If we really think about it, the vote that we may cast on October 14 is extraordinary. We have been given a say in who will rule this country and by what principles it will be ruled. The power of your vote is no less than anyone else's, not even the Prime Minister's. Throughout history, much blood was spilled so that citizens could have a voice in government. And in many other countries, elections are corrupted with intimidation and dishonesty. We are...

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20 May 2008 Bill C-51 Synopsis

ARPA Canada (www.arpacanada.ca) Perhaps you have received an email or read an article about Bill C-51, new legislation which proposes to change the Food and Drugs Act to regulate therapeutic products such as naturopathic medicines. This bill has created quite a stir. Rallies have been organized, websites created, and many in the blogging world are abuzz with anger. ARPA Canada is not an expert on either the legislation or the therapeutic products themselves. The purpose of this article is to raise some of the arguments from both sides of the debate so that readers can be better informed and can rely more on facts than rhetoric, of which there is no short supply for this issue.
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06 May 2008 Good news and more good news!

Canada Family Action Coalition has prepared a news release featuring 8 very positive bills that are currently before our Parliament. From Ken Epp's well known private members bill about unborn victims of crime (C484) to lesser known legislation pertaining to combating human trafficking (C-486), there are a lot of reasons to give thanks for the work that is being done by some MP's to make this a better Canada. But legislation on its own is not enough - we need to help support these good initiatives so that they...

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10 Jan 2008 God does belong in Politics: A brief history of conservative Christian activism in Canada

by Michael Wagner* When conservative Christians become involved in political activism their opponents are quick to complain that the “separation of church and state” is being violated. This accusation, that Christians are somehow trying to merge these two institutions, is actually a ruse and a scare tactic. Leftists use this tactic hoping they can convince Canadians to believe that Christians are out to use the power of the state to advance their religion. Unfortunately many fall for this lie.
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