Friday, October 16, 2015

The non-inspiring Canadian political scene

Monday is the federal election day here in Canada. With many advance polling stations now open, lots of people have probably already voted.

This past week, I noticed that the bulletin of St. Mary's Basilica church listed a resource for information pertaining to the election.

This links to the website of Citizens for Public Justice, an organization based in Ottawa that consists of two policy analysts and a 14-member board of directors who determine which issues they should focus on.

I scanned the website, under the heading of 2015 election bulletin and noticed the glaring absence of any reference to abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, or conscience rights. I emailed the contact person and was told the following:

You are right that we did not include issues of abortion, euthanasia, or conscience rights there. CPJ is a membership organization, where our members and 14 person National Board of Directors set out what we should be working on. We only have two Policy Analysts, and cannot possibly cover every important issue. So we need to choose and focus – and for the last decade or so, and for the last three elections at least – we have been mandated to develop expertise where other faith-based groups are not engaged at the federal level. Those issues of our focus have been poverty in Canada, climate justice and refugee rights.

He also stated that most churches have already stated their position on these issues and there was no need to repeat this with their resource. He also said that several groups were working around the election with these issues, so I should rest assured that these were indeed being covered.

I emailed him back and told him that I did not think that most churches had made public their policies on these issues, in fact quite the opposite. When the issue of abortion is raised, the majority of church clergy turn the other way and change the subject.

The issues of poverty, "climate justice" and refugee rights are issues that no one is ever going to get mad at you for. As long as you admit that these are justice issues, you are on the politically correct side. And whatever you do will ensure that your efforts will be approved, even if they cost you next to nothing.

Try raising the issue of abortion and see how much affirmation you get. Well, lots if you are pro-choice as was obvious in the all-candidates' debate on women's issues here in Halifax. If anyone were to stand up and admit to being pro-life, they would have been boo-ed out of the auditorium.

The issues of abortion, end-of-life issues, and conscience rights touch on one's personal morality and beliefs. And they cost you big time. Support the right to life of the unborn, and you are seen as the enemy of women and everyone's sexual freedom, which is a foundation of today's degenerate culture. Suggest that political candidates should be able to vote according to their conscience, or that doctors and nurses should be able to refuse to cooperate in procedures that go against their conscience, and you will be told that you are putting personal beliefs ahead of what the majority of people want. Therefore you are un-democratic.

This atmosphere of political correctness in Canada has produced silence around issues that are crucially important to our moral character.

Just tune in to the Republican debates in the US, and ask yourself where is our Ben Carson or our Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee?  We don't have one.

And until organizations like Citizens for Public Justice realise that all issues must be on the table and all issues must be discussed with our political candidates, we won't have any Carsons or Fiorinas or Huckabees. They aren't allowed here.

Canada, from cradle to grave, the state will look after you. So just pay your taxes and keep your mouth shut. It is so much easier that way, isn't it? Save your indignation for "climate justice", whatever that means, and get enraged along with every other Canadian. It won't hurt you one bit.

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