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25 Mar 2009 Update – Referendum on Electoral Reform

On May 12, BC is going to the polls. But they are not just going to be choosing a new provincial government. They will also be voting in a referendum that will decide if the province will be the first to adopt a new form of voting. This is important for all Canadians as the outcome of this vote will probably go a long way to determining the likelihood of electoral reform in other provinces as well. But should it be supported? In the coming weeks we hope to post articles that are submitted to ARPA Canada on the topic. While we won't push for or against STV, we hope these articles, and the videos below, will be useful in helping you make that decision.
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05 Dec 2008 A Good Overview of the Canadian Political Crisis

By Dr. John von Heyking (University of Lethbridge) "Harper deserves praise for his contempt of the culture of entitlement and dependency the other parties perpetuate. He deserves blame for failing to resist his inclination to poke them in the nose. However, it is indeed difficult to avoid poking them in the nose when their snouts are so long." Read the full article by clicking here.  ...

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07 Nov 2008 The Heavy Hand of the CRTC: It is Time For Action

According to the Canadian Press, "The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has ruled that Shaw Cable has not been marketing its gay-and-lesbian TV service nearly as well as do other cable systems. The broadcast regulator says, as a result of being subjected to "undue disadvantage," OUTtv was not getting nearly the audience on Shaw that it was getting elsewhere." [Read the whole story here.] Apparently the CRTC thinks it has to make sure that private companies are doing a good job in marketing, at least when it comes to promoting...

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15 Oct 2008 A Renewed Parliament for Canada

Election 2008 has resulted in a Parliament that looks very similar to the previous one. The Conservatives have a new mandate to govern. The Liberals losses have translated into some gains for the Conservatives and NDP but otherwise there have been few changes. The Green Party failed to achieve a seat. The Christian Heritage Party seems to have maintained its meager position, in sixth place as a party but far behind the fifth place Greens in popular vote. All of that is visible and obvious. What is not visible is...

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14 Oct 2008 How ARPA Canada readers vote

The results of the federal election make a big difference in how this country will be governed in the years to come. So how did the Reformed church community vote? The ARPA election poll received 280 responses over the past few weeks and serves a good indication of how many in the Reformed churches vote. Of course there is no way that this poll can be seen as an objective analysis of the Reformed vote. There are many people who come to our website as a result of a search engine result and have absolutely no connection to the Reformed community. The most visible result of the poll is that the respondents are split almost evenly between the Christian Heritage Party and the Conservatives. The CHP has its roots in the Reformed churches in this country. That may explain why it tends to get much more support within our churches than in the broader Christian community. Studies seem to indicate that most Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants vote about the same as the rest of the Canadian population, leaning towards left-wing parties. Evangelicals tend to vote Conservative. Undoubtedly the Conservatives resonate with many in the Reformed churches because of their general regard for smaller government and because many MP's within the party are strong Christians and speak out in protection of the unborn and the traditional family unit.
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23 Sep 2008 Is Your Local School Participating in the Federal Election?

Student Vote Canada is a non-profit organization that is trying to promote democratic action among Canadian youth. They are providing a free package of resources for schools across the country so that students can participate in their own election. The package includes ballots, posters, ballot boxes, and lesson plans. This is an excellent way to engage students in Canadian politics - learn more here. Hurry - registration closes September 26 at 5:00 pm!...

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23 Sep 2008 CHP Sues to Open Leaders’ TV Debates to All

CALGARY, Sept. 22, 2008 (CHPNews) - The sixth-largest of Canada's federal political parties is going to court to ask that all registered parties be included in the television debates next month. There are 18 registered federal parties and one eligible for registration. The Christian Heritage Party applied to be included in the Leaders' Debates Sept 11, after the Green Party had been added to the roster. The consortium of broadcasters organizing the debates turned down the CHP's request Sept. 16, giving no reason.
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