Election 2011 Tag

28 Apr 2011 Globe and Mail Endorses Conservatives

ARPA Note: We are non-partisan and trust our readers to make principled decisions about who to vote for. Please use the remaining days to encourage others to vote. Globe and Mail, April 28 2011: We are nearing the end of an unremarkable and disappointing election campaign, marked by petty scandals, policy convergences and a dearth of serious debate. Canadians deserved better. We were not presented with an opportunity to vote for something bigger and bolder, nor has there been an honest recognition of the most critical...

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26 Apr 2011 Hutchinson vs Piper: Can Christians Vote for a Candidate Who is Not Pro-Life?

In the latest Activate CFPL article, Don Hutchinson (Director of EFC's Centre for Faith and Public Life) argues that it can be OK to vote for a candidate who is not pro-life (specifically in regard to abortion). In contrast, John Piper (Desiring God) has argued that although endorsing a single issue (like pro-life) does not make a person qualified for public office, there are single issues that disqualify someone from public office. Supporting the killing of unborn humans is one of them. What do you think? Keep in mind that...

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26 Apr 2011 Know Who You are Voting For

My Canada has compiled an extensive document that shows how each MP has voted on previous bills including the definition of marriage, raising the age of sexual consent, child trafficking, euthanasia, coerced abortion, and the transgendered bill. Click here to find the colour-coded document. Click here for the www.voteprayserve.ca website that has much more information....

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21 Apr 2011 Brad said the “A” word

April 21, 2011 - By Mark Penninga, Executive Director of ARPA Canada (www.ARPACanada.ca): Update: Watch Dave Quist (Director of the IMFC) express these same sentiments on the new Sun News network here. The reaction to comments by Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost about the funding of Planned Parenthood reminds me of third grade children who squeal with delight after a vulgar word is uttered. The mainstream media is shouting it from the roof tops: “Brad said the A-word, Brad said the A-word!” And school principal Stephen Harper called an urgent press conference to remind us all again that the A-word will never be mentioned as long as he is in charge.
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14 Apr 2011 Hidden in plain sight: The Tory evangelical factor

By Jonathan Malloy, Globe and Mail, April 13 2011: The full significance of the Conservatives’ proposal to establish an office of religious freedom in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has not been recognized. A Globe and Mail editorial supported the proposal as good for refugees and religious minorities abroad, and a news item noted its relevance to, among other groups, Coptic Christians in a key Mississauga swing riding. A prominent Ottawa journalist I consulted said it’s “just a sop to ethnic...

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08 Apr 2011 Don Hutchinson: Social conservatives still matter

National Post, April 8 2011: Social conservatives “have become a spent political force in [Canadian] national politics,” according to Queen’s University political-science scholar James Farney. “We’re now just seen as eccentric,” suggested Link Byfield, a prominent Canadian “so-con” himself. On the front page of the April 5 National Post, a story by reporter Charles Lewis was headlined “Social conservatives watch campaign from sidelines.” Keep reading...

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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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