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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19 Dec 2017 LN Feature: 2017: A Year in Review

ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten LN: Mark, let's start with you. Let's start with a broad overview of some of the organizational highlights we've seen in the past year. Give me some of those highlights. MP: Yeah. I could touch on our first-ever God and Government Youth Conference, the big legal win we had against the Province of Ontario in the FIPPA case; maybe the Bibles that went to every federal and provincial (elected) government official in our land. Those were big developments, and there was many more. But when...

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12 Dec 2017 Flowers for politicians

MP Rachael Harder Marc Slingerland The Southern Alberta chapter of ARPA put together a novel engagement strategy earlier this fall involving local politicians. For every business day in October - every day that offices were open - members of the ARPA chapter visited the constituency offices of MP Rachael Harder and the three provincial MLA’s for the area – two from the NDP and one from the opposition United Conservative Party. And on each of those visits, they delivered some flowers and a card, thanking the members for their service. Marc Slingerland helped...

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08 Dec 2017 Could marijuana decriminalization present an opportunity for better policy?

by John Sikkema Parliament is well on its way to legalizing marijuana. Bill C-45, the “Cannabis Act”, has passed in the House of Commons and is now in the Senate. It will likely be law early next year. Our government acknowledges marijuana is harmful, particularly for young people. So it proposes to severely punish selling to a young person, while legalizing a recreational marijuana market. But if pot becomes more pervasive and easily available than it is today – as current investment in massive marijuana grow-ops suggests it will – it isn’t...

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22 Nov 2017 November 22nd Quick Update

  Hello everyone! Here's another quick update video on what's been going on these last few weeks. This one includes the passing of doctors' conscience protection legislation in Manitoba, ARPA board meetings, the passing of Bill 24 in Alberta, the Trinity Western University case, and a new ARPA Policy Report. For full details on these updates, watch the video above or read on for a transcript of what I say in it. To read the document "Protect Them All: A Christian case for eliminating lists of special identity groups in school policies", I reference in the video, click here. For ARPA's Policy Report on In Vitro...

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17 Oct 2017 1,200 bibles will be in the hands of politicians across the country by the end of the month

ARPA's Executive Director, Mark Penninga ARPA Canada's "Bible Project" is almost complete. The organization is sending out more than 1,200 Bibles to elected officials across the country. Those Bibles, both French and English, are being mailed to every MP, Senator, and provincial politician in Canada. The project is in commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday, and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. ARPA Executive Director Mark Penninga says when the final touches were being put to the distribution of the Bibles, there was a very pleasant surprise from Crossway Publishers in Chicago.“They were...

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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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