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05 Apr 2011 National Post: Social conservatives watch campaign from sidelines

National Post, April 4 2011: Stephen Harper’s promise Monday that a Tory majority would not open the debate on abortion or gay marriage is likely the final proof that social conservatives have become a spent political force in national politics, observers say. “We’re now just seen as eccentric,” said Link Byfield, a longtime social conservative activist and current provincial candidate for the Wildrose Party in Alberta. “I understand why political people avoid these topics. Politicians are not there to be imaginative or perceptive; ...

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04 Apr 2011 No Surprises Here: Harper Majority Government Will Avoid Socially Conservative Issues Like Abortion

Canada.com, April 3, 2011: The Conservatives would govern the same way with a majority government as they have with a minority, avoiding socially conservative moves such as cracking down on abortions, Stephen Harper said Monday. Harper made the comments after announcing a re-elected Conservative government would re-introduce legislation to scrap the long-gun registry. Keep reading here....

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30 Mar 2011 Advance Polls for Canadian Election Open on Good Friday: Thankfully not Easter Sunday…this time

From EFC's Activate CFPL, March 29 2011: I’m not casting blame on anyone. All the party leaders had a pretty good idea of the date for Election Day before the fateful vote was cast in the House of Commons on March 25. But, the advance polling days include Good Friday and Easter Monday. Thankfully, they do not include Easter Sunday. Easter Monday doesn’t bother me too much, although it will trouble some, but the idea of having election polling on Good Friday, one of the...

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28 Mar 2011 Income Splitting Takes Centre Stage in Election Campaign

ARPA Note: Allowing families to split their income for tax purposes so that it isn't a penalty to have one parent stay at home has been promoted for years by Christians. And it looks like it is now finally being raised as a possibility. But there are strings attached. Globe and Mail, March 28 2011: Stephen Harper is kicking off the 2011 campaign battle for the middle class vote with a $2.5-billion tax break pledge aimed at parents of children under 18. But there's a huge...

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24 Mar 2011 Updated: many bills would die with election call

UPDATE: At first we were thrilled to learn that the Senate was rushing Bill C-54 through and good progress was being made towards getting it passed on time. However, a source has informed us mid-Friday that the Opposition Senators have stalled the debate, effectively killing the bill. If an election is called, many bills will die in Parliament without becoming law. In particular, there is one (Bill C-54) currently in the Senate that would increase mandatory minimum sentences and make it illegal to arrange to commit sexual offences against children. It can still be passed before Friday afternoon, if there is a will from the Senators. A sample letter and a list of all their email addresses is below. One bill that we would be grateful to see terminated is C-389 (adding extra rights for transgendered Canadians). Read more details about current bills that will be affected by an election here.
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22 Mar 2011 Paying Politicians to Party

By Mark Penninga (First published in Reformed Perspective magazine, Feb 2011): A storm is brewing in Ottawa. In early 2011, Prime Minister Harper went on record to state that his party will be campaigning against the direct public financing of political parties. He was referring to the 27 million dollars that we tax payers coughed up last year that went directly to the party coffers. This is no minor matter. As Harper found out the hard way in 2008 it was enough to spark a rare political insurrection in which the opposition parties tried to form a coalition and bring down the government. So why is Harper so intent on pressing on? Is this a matter of principle, or a matter of pragmatism?
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14 Mar 2011 Stockwell Day and Chuck Strahl Announce They Won’t Run In Next Election

What follows are letters from two well-know Christian cabinet ministers who have endured a lot of hardship in their service through the years. You can find their contact information here and here. Stockwell Day, West Kelowna, BC March 12, 2011: It will be exactly 25 years ago on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, that I was honoured with my first nomination to public office. Now, after 14 years in provincial government and almost eleven years at the federal level it is time to move on. I hereby announce that I will not be seeking re-election at the end of this mandate.
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01 Feb 2011 More Federal Funding for Feminist Causes

REALity (A publication of REAL Women of Canada - January 2011): Feminists howled with rage in september 2006, when the Conservative government cut their advocacy and research funding, doled out to them for over 30 years by the Women's Program at status of Women Canada. However, REAL Women has discovered that feminist research is still thriving in Canada on the taxpayer's dollar.
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19 Jan 2011 Prime Minister Harper: No abortion law even if Conservatives win majority

OTTAWA, January 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an interview to mark his five-years as Prime Minister of a minority government, Prime Minister Stephen Harper once again dismissed the said he would refuse to address the issue of abortion even if the Conservatives won a majority. CBC’s Peter Mansbridge asked Harper a number of questions in the context of what would be different if the Conservatives attained a majority government. Mansbridge asked, “Would you reopen the abortion issue?”  Harper replied, “No, no, I’ve spent my political...

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07 Jan 2011 Prayer Alert: Sudan Referendum Jan 9, 2011

Update: Click here to read a news report about how the referendum has been going. January 7, 2010, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada: Further to the December 20, 2010 Prayer Alert, the EFC’s Religious Liberty Commission is calling for urgent prayer this weekend as Southern Sudan will go to the polls on Sunday, January 9 in a referendum to determine whether the South will seek independence from the North.
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