Multiculturalism

31 Aug 2013 Quebec’s Charter plan is not about symbols – it threatens religion itself

By Robert Joustra (published in Globe and Mail, Aug 22, 2013): It wasn't that long ago that Prime Minister David Cameron called for a 'muscular liberalism' to solve the multicultural problems that ailed Britain. Hot on his heels, Germany's Angela Merkel called multiculturalism a failure. Look not at its French language or historic cobbled streets – here is proof that Quebec is the most European of Canada's provinces. Even major public intellectual Charles Taylor, a philosopher who is no stranger to multicultural controversy, couldn't restrain his incredulity: "I didn't think...

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11 Jul 2013 Quebec’s Euthanasia Bill – Take Action

The Quebec provincial government has introduced legislation (Bill 52) that would legalize euthanasia in the province, even though the Criminal Code prohibits euthanasia and assisted suicide. ARPA Canada, and dozens of other organizations, made submissions to the Quebec committee that was tasked with studying the issue (find ours here). Sadly, it is clear that the committee had made up its mind even before it started its consultations.  The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has an excellent response to Bill 52 that destroys the rhetoric and exposes the bill for what it is...

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19 Jun 2013 A Long Way from Inclusive

Opinion by André Schutten - as published on the Cardus Blog - Yesterday, Peter Stockland penned another exceptional blog in which he accurately describes Québec's religion problems as symptoms of a bigger issue. By emptying meaning from religion, Québec secularists are dividing themselves from those Québeckers who find true meaning in their religious lives. Québec's insistence on creating exceptions for Christian symbols is especially unnerving. Stockland says, "It's the reduction of a belief that once moved the world to a collection of tchotchkes. It is faith as furniture." While some might see the exceptions for Christian symbols as privileging the Christian faith, the Christians in Québec should be most afraid: if the Loyola School case is any indication, Québec will only make room for Christian symbols and little else.
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23 Jan 2013 Why Idle No More holds back the dream of Canadian equality

National Post, Jan 23 2012: When it comes to speaking out about the Idle No More protests that have been spreading across the country, I’ve been Idle Too Long, and I feel the need to express my point of view without disrupting innocent travellers on highways, or cargo-carrying freight trains. First, allow me to clarify that I am a Cree man with full status. I have family in positions of political power in my home province of Alberta, and should declare that my opinions are my own. While everyone needles...

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11 Jan 2013 Hunger Strikes, Protests and Politics: A Reformed Perspective

The Idle No More movement and the hunger strike of Chief Spence from Attawapiskat have dominated the news for the past month. What is a Reformed perspective on all of this? Does the Bible have anything to say? It certainly does! The Bible has something to say about the Idle No More movement, about the actions of Chief Spence and about our government's historic treatment of First Nations. Let's consider just four points:
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