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19 Mar 2010 Canadian Social Conservatism on the Rise?

Writing in the latest issue of Maclean's, national affairs columnist Paul Wells documents the rise of social conservatism in Ottawa and across the country, citing mounting evidence the Canadian government and Canadians in general are incrementally moving to the right.  Wells points to recent initiatives by the governing Conservatives on maternal health abroad, a federally sponsored Youth for Christ proposal to build a youth centre in Winnipeg, the rejection of the Insite safe-injection site in Vancouver and a renewed national focus on family, law and order and traditional marriage.  Noting the success of two recent Ottawa events, including the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada policy conference...

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30 Dec 2009 Parlaiment to be Prorogued: Bills delayed

ARPA Note: The decision to prorogue Parliament means that government bills have to be re-instated by Parliament in the new session if they are to continue. Private members bills, including C-384 (euthanasia) and C-268 (human trafficking), which have not yet received Royal Assent, will be delayed but will automatically continue in the new session.
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09 Nov 2009 Nov 9th By-Election Results

Four ridings across the country (in BC, Quebec, and Nova Scotia) have new MP's. In Nova Scotia, Christian Heritage Party of Canada leader Jim Hnatiuk and a team of CHP supporters from across the country ran an ambitious campaign against his rivals Scott Armstrong (Conservative), Mark Austin (NDP), and others. Hnatiuk wound up in 5th place, close behind the Green Party candidate. Click here for the results of each of the ridings....

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30 Apr 2009 Referendum Debate – Are You For or Against STV?

There is a heated debate in BC right now about how to vote in an upcoming referendum that would change the way we vote. Details about this have already been posted in an article by ARPA Canada here. Now we are turning it over to our readers to submit their thoughts. Please send us your comments and we may include them below. Be sure to let us know if you want your name included, or just your initials. Contact us by clicking here or emailing [email protected] 
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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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