They Had No Swords
A topic of perpetual interest to any nation is the state of preparedness of its armed forces. The cost of maintaining equipment and training soldiers is often a sore point between political factions (as it is today in Canada). People rightly say that when a nation’s young men and women are willing to put themselves into harm’s way for the good of the country, they should have the best equipment available.
Among the nations of the earth today, Israel stands out with its…
Two for BC
Sometimes in politics, we get the idea that there is no use resisting changes we don’t like, even if they are odious, undemocratically imposed against the will of the people and bad for our health. “You can’t fight City Hall”, goes the old mantra. Maybe it’s time to revise our thinking. Two major decisions made by the BC government in recent years have been reversed, one by a Citizens’ Initiative and one by private citizens refusing to knuckle under to bluster and threats against private property.…
Warning: Strategic Voting May Damage Your Democracy
The federal Conservatives have just introduced a new bill that would "increase the size of the warnings" on cigarette packages "with newer, stronger images".
It's great to know that the Prime Minister wants to protect Canadians from their own choices by providing them with more information, including graphic images of the potential damage to their lungs and lives. It is said that 37,000 Canadians die prematurely each year as a result of smoking.
Standing in the Gap
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30
Here we are in the first few weeks of 2014; we in the Christian Heritage Party, like all Canadians, are making plans for the months ahead, setting priorities and drawing up schedules. We are evaluating goals, objectives and strategies. We are setting timelines, allocating funds and booking…
“Snakes and Ladders” and the Obedience of One MP
Life—most of us know— has its ups and downs. Some writers have characterized it as “Three Steps Forward and Two Steps Back”. Whether it’s health, finances, career or relationships, few of us have enjoyed an uninterrupted rise to the top, a steady increase in wealth and popularity or an education with no challenging exams or setbacks.
In politics, history is riddled with stunning examples of powerful personalities who have struggled with disappointments and repeated…
Slow Justice is No Justice
“The wheels of Justice turn slowly,” says the adage. But are they turning at all? Or are they turning in the right direction?
Most Canadians recognize that there are holes in our court system, that victims are falling through the cracks and criminals are getting away with murder (literally). But what is at the root of this decay? What factors have led to our being handcuffed to a system that consistently disappoints?
All human beings long for justice,…
PM Harper Joins the NDP
In politics, we have learned to expect surprises. We’ve seen a one-time NDP Premier of Ontario become the leader of the federal Liberals (oops! just before they tanked...) We’ve seen a big-name female MP recruited by the Liberals (oops again!) to shift the balance of power and we’ve seen a big-business lumberman elected as a Liberal, only to sit—days after the election—as a Conservative cabinet minister. But when have we seen a sitting Prime Minister in a majority government use the power…