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One talking point we’ve heard regarding the Liberal government’s Bill 89 – from the Opposition – is that it’s hard to oppose a bill that is all about protecting children.
But the Opposition’s job is not to use the good in government bills as an excuse for failing to scrutinize and oppose the bad parts. The Opposition’s job is to oppose. Constructively, yes, but oppose nonetheless. As John Diefenbaker, our 13th Prime Minister, said,
If Parliament is to be preserved as a living institution, his Majesty’s Loyal Opposition must fearlessly perform its functions. When it properly discharges them, the preservation of our freedom is assured. The reading of history proves that freedom always dies when criticism ends. […] [The Opposition] finds fault; it suggests amendments; it asks questions and elicits information; it arouses, educates and moulds public opinion by voice and vote.
Both sides of a recently dropped lawsuit against a Minnesota high school that allowed a transgender student to use the women's locker room are claiming victory following the end of the lawsuit.
Last September, a group of concerned parents and the Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against Virginia High School over the school allowing a biological male to use the women's locker room for changing.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists over and over that Islam is compatible with the West. One would have to conclude from that statement that the teachings of Islam are then compatible with Canada.
Despite the fact the ICNA Canada, the biggest national-wide organization in Canada, lead by Canada's top Imam, Dr. Iqbal Nadvi, maintains in an online publication that "the political system of Islam is totally incompatible with western democracy", Trudeau pushed Motion 103 that states that Islam, in particular, cannot be criticized in the name of Islamophobia.
Fake news isn't the problem in Ontario, it's the "fake spin" coming out of Queen's Park.
That's according to Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown, who during a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, evoked the Trump-ian term to describe Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberals. Brown slammed the government during on a wide-range of issues from hydro rates to transit spending.
He also appeared to test-drive a few themes which are likely to carry over into the 2018 provincial election.
Premier Kathleen Wynne's approval rating has increased four percentage points and still comes in at under 20%.
Two-thirds of Ontarians either somewhat or strongly disapprove of her job performance as premier, while only 18% think she's doing a good job, according to a new poll.
"I would say that she has improved from atrocious to abysmal," Mainstreet Research president Quito Maggi said Thursday of the 4% bump. "That's still a long, long way from where she needs to be to have any chance of a comeback."
And suddenly, at 19 years old, Sam Oosterhoff is not a rookie anymore.
In fact, he's racking up wins like a formidable political heavyweight and fighting off adversity like a wily veteran.
In less than six months, the youngest MPP in Ontario's history surprisingly won a hard-fought nomination process against the Progressive Conservative party's president, Rick Dykstra, of all people, in October 2016, won a tough byelection in Niagara West-Glanbrook in November, and now has brushed off an internal challenge from a well-respected local politician.
Turns out, there are a lot of people concerned about free speech in Canada.
And concerned about losing it.
"It's great to be in a room full of severely normal people," said Conservative leadership candidate Dr. Kellie Leitch, drawing cheers.
About 1,200 people showed up to The Rebel's Rally For Free Speech at Canada Christian College to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government's M-103 motion being debated in the House of Commons this week, which many criticism is, in essence, an anti-blasphemy law seen in many Muslim countries that prevents criticism of Islam.
Conservative leadership hopefuls Pierre Lemieux and MP Brad Trost blasted the Justin Trudeau Liberals for pledging $650 million to increase access to abortion worldwide.
Trudeau announced on International Women's Day that his government will spend the $650 million over three years "to address gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights in the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities."
Women around the world "are denied legal control over their bodies and reproductive health," he said. "That is why we will continue to place gender equality and rights, and the empowerment of women and girls, at the heart of our international development work."
The Liberal government has revived a program used by left-wing activists and sexual minorities to remake Canada in their image.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's father, Pierre, created the Court Challenges program in the 1970s to defend federalism in Quebec, but it was twice shut down by Conservative governments. It funded activist groups to challenge the constitutionality of Canadian laws and had become "a tool to undermine Canada's Judeo-Christian values," Gwen Landolt of REAL Women of Canada said.
Now it is back, as Justin Trudeau vowed in his 2015 election campaign, with a $5 million budget, two panels of expert advisers and an expanded mandate.
Over the objection of their own government, dozens of Liberal backbenchers voted Wednesday night in favour of a bill banning genetic discrimination.
In voting for what is known as Bill S-201, the backbench Liberals, along with all Conservative, NDP and Green Party MPs made it a crime for, among other things, insurance companies to demand potential customers provide a DNA test in order to get a policy. Additionally, no company will be able to deny someone a job if they fail to have their genes tested.
Protection from discrimination because of an individual's genetic makeup will now be written into the Canadian Labour Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act.
For now at least, we do have freedom of speech in Canada.
But try booking a conference room to protest the bizarre anti-Islamic blasphemy motion. Organizers of the Emergency Rally for Free Speech found out first-hand Tuesday freedom is not always free - even when you are prepared to pay.
The rally was scheduled for Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at a Toronto hotel and with up to 1,000 people expected, including up to six Conservative Party leadership candidates, organizers were gearing up to send a message as parliament gets set to debate M-103 this week.
Until the phone rang with some strange news.
Outspokenly pro-life 19-year-old Sam Oosterhoff was elected this fall as the youngest provincial politician in Ontario history.
But tonight Oosterhoff is facing a nomination vote that pro-life leaders say is an attack led by the Progressive Conservative Party establishment.
"They're trying to push Sam out of the PC caucus for the same reasons we love him... he's unapologetically pro-life and pro-family," says Campaign Life Coalition, Canada's leading pro-life organization.
Liberal MP Iqra Khalid is considering softening the language in her so-called anti-Islamophobia motion, the Sun has learned.
After Conservative leadership candidate and Ontario MP Erin O'Toole reached out to Khalid with his concerns, the controversial motion may be amended.
"I suggested amendments that I believe would address valid concerns about limiting free speech while ensuring she can bring the debate she wants to bring to the House of Commons," O'Toole told me in an email. "These would remove any ambiguity with respect to free speech being limited including criticism of radical Islam or even criticizing the faith or its practices like any other faith. We had a good discussion and she said she would consider my proposed amendments."
'There's going to be blood on the floor': Ontario's youngest MPP in battle for riding for next election
It may seem like a quiet March Tuesday, but don't be fooled because there's a good old-fashioned political donnybrook brewing down Niagara way.
Is it an undercutting of a current sitting member of the provincial legislature who ticked off the Progressive Conservative establishment, or just democracy on full display?
On that answer it depends on who you ask.
Have we lost all perspective and restraint? What could be more spectacular "truthiness" than to call Trump's notorious executive order a "Muslim ban"? He put the Syrian refugee program on hold, suspended all refugee admissions for four months and temporarily banned citizens of seven countries Obama had designated "countries of concern," among many other things. But even if it is on some ground or another unconstitutional, it does not contain the word Muslim explicitly or by implication. Trump did not ban Muslims and to say he did is to practice identity politics and to lie. Which is not virtuous.
Sober observers of American politics, even on the left, have noted that one thing Trump supporters reliably dislike is "identity politics," the assigning of opinions or virtues to people based on race, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. Yet it is frequently asserted as evident fact that Trump and his ilk practice it, blowing white supremacist "dog whistles" only their slobbering subhuman followers can hear. Which arguably isn't very nice. Or true. Even if it feels good.
Support for Ontario's Liberals is crumbling in the former suburban areas of Toronto, according to a Mainstreet Research poll.
While the provincial Liberals command a 42% lead among decided and leaning voters in Toronto, support for them outside the downtown area is wavering.
"Yes, the overall lead is still there in the 416, but really it's only a lead in the downtown core" at 57%, said Quito Maggi, president and CEO of Mainstreet Research.
Tory leadership candidate Brad Trost stands alone in voting against 'Gender Equality Week' bill in Canada
Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost cast the only no vote against a bill that would create a "Gender Equality Week" during the first week of October in Canada.
Fully 287 MPs voted for the bill at second reading, sending it for consideration to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Only Trost dissented.
"Some of my friends would have voted against it too if they had read it," he told LifeSiteNews.
Ontario's Progressive Conservative Leader will support an anti-Islamophobia motion from a Liberal member and is encouraging his caucus to do the same.
Patrick Brown's support means the Ontario motion is unlikely to garner the kind of political debate seen over a similar motion in the House of Commons.
The federal motion is opposed by a number of Conservative MPs, including several leadership contenders, who say it could stifle legitimate debate about issues like Shariah law and the niqab.
Canadian vying for Tory leadership vows to protect kids from liberal ideology with 'Parental Bill of Rights'
Conservative leadership candidate Brad Trost is promising to introduce a Parental Bill of Rights in Parliament that would protect children from being subjected to the social values of leftist provincial and federal governments.
Trost said there are several pieces of provincial and federal legislation that threatened parental rights. He is one of just two candidates among 14 vying for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership identified by the Campaign Life Coalition as pro-life.
Trost cited Ontario's Bill 28 that replaced "mother" and "father" with "parent" when registering births. He also mentioned the proposed Bill 89, which "will redefine the best interests of the child in Ontario family law to include 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' as factors to be considered in custody cases.
The silence speaks volumes.
It's as though the anti-Islamophobia Motion-103 has already passed.
For example, last week when a small group descended on the Masjid Toronto mosque to protest Islam, Sharia law, honour killings and ISIS, political leaders were tripping over each other on Twitter to denounce this happening.
"There is no place for Islamophobia in Ontario. Thankful for those who stand with the Islamic community against hate," tweeted Premier Kathleen Wynne, who herself was seated at the back of this mosque during prayers recently.
Angry social conservatives blasted Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown at an Ottawa-area event on Sunday. They denounced him for rejecting them and turning the party into what they said amounted to a Liberal clone.
"You do not accept social conservatives at all, you don't... I've been shut down," said Stephanie McEvoy of parents' rights group My Child My Choice at the event, a group opposing the Liberal sex-ed curriculum.
McEvoy lambasted Brown for suggesting his party represents "diversity" while under his leadership it rejects the party's conservative base.