Andrew Scheer

I sat this afternoon glued to the CPAC feed on my laptop of the Conservative Party of Canada leadership convention.  Andrew Scheer is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.   Mr. Scheer came second on every ballot from the first right through the twelfth, and then on the final 13th ballot he won the contest by 51-49% margin over Maxime Bernier.

There were a few surprises along the way.  Erin O’Toole turned out to be the king-maker, placing third, and it was his supporters who flowed to Andrew Scheer on the final ballot.  Brad Trost came in fourth and Pierre Lemieux placed sixth or seventh!!  I certainly didn’t expect that strong a showing, but it was so important for religious/social conservatives to have their candidates do well, and show the rest of the party that we can’t just be ignored when the next government is formed by the CPC.

I remember sitting writing Andrew an e-mail about his campaign promises.  I was asking him how he’s going to balance the budget in two years.  I hope that he has a good plan that he’s ready to release shortly, or else the Liberal Party of Canada is going to have much fun filling in the details for him.

In a sense it didn’t matter too much who won because both of the front runners were moral equals when it comes to the fundamental issues of life and marriage.  Andrew Scheer would object and point out that he’s pro-life, but since he won’t act on the issue it really doesn’t matter that he believes as he does because the outcome will the same as if a pro-choice candidate had been victorious like Maxime Bernier.  Further to that point this nation won’t be saved by politics or any particular politician. There’s only one who can save, Jesus Christ.

Anyway, lets focus on the positive.  Brad Trost – a conservative who holds that life is sacred from conception to natural death – came fourth.  FOURTH!!  To the establishment of the Party that is satisfied with merely maintaining the status quo, and holding power:  That won’t do.  We won’t be satisfied.

 

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Happy Victoria Day!

Today is probably my favourite secular holiday.  On the third Monday in May Canadians celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria, the granddaughter of King George III.

Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Both the Duke of Kent and King George III died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close supervision by her German-born mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father’s three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children. The United Kingdom was already an established constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign held relatively little direct political power. Privately, Victoria attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments; publicly, she became a national icon who was identified with strict standards of personal morality.

Putting aside the fact that England renounced the True Faith when King Henry VIII insisted on receiving a divorce from his wife, and when his faithful barrister Thomas More refused he persecuted him terribly, I quite like the Monarchy.  It would be all the better if the next Monarch reverted to the True Faith, and left the Church of England [Anglican Church or Episcopal Church] to die on the vine.

The Catholic Church has long taught that Monarchy is the best form of government, followed by Aristocracy, and then Democracy.  St. Thomas Aquinas taught that a blend of all three is likely best.  I think here in Canada, along with Great Britain and the other Commonwealth states have the closest to that commingling.  We have the Monarch who’s able to assert herself (through dissolving Parliament or allowing a new government to be formed from an existing elected Parliament) if need be in a time of crisis.  We have the Aristocracy in the Senate, the upper Chamber which is meant to be a House of “Sober Second Thought”, and we have the democracy in our elections where we choose for ourselves the men or women who represent us in Parliament, which is supposed to be a safeguard of our liberty, not a threat to it as it tends to be today.

Its unfortunate that the two dominant national political parties (Liberal and Tory) are both effectively Republican at this point, and only pay lip service to the Monarchy as a relic of the past that isn’t relevent to the present or the future.   I would warn that given the climate we live in today, the Monarchy might become more relevant and necessary in our politics than we realize.

But amidst the apparent chaos and unruliness that seems so pervasive in our culture, lets remember who the real King is.  He doesn’t seem well known anymore, and his adherents have not done well proclaiming him and making converts of their neighbours.  His name is Jesus Christ, he is the Son of God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity.  He who created the world ultimately governs it.   His governing style is benevolent, his justice is merciful, and he truly serves those who toil in the garden in his name.

God Save the Queen, and make her a convert to the Catholic Church.  Our Lady of Walsingham, Ora Pro Nobis.

I never knew…

You can buy personal health insurance in Canada!  The land of socialized medicine has insurance agencies that offer personal health plans.  I never realized it until today.

Last week I moved an investment from TD Canada Trust to Sun Life Financial.  Today, I was on the Sun Life website to see if I could check on my investment to see how its doing.  Just through browsing around I stumbled across a page where you can buy personal health insurance.  There’s three categories, basic, standard, and enhanced. Given my relatively young age and good health, I don’t think I need enhanced, but the basic and standard plans look pretty good, and they aren’t prohibitively expensive. The basic plan is $53/month, and the standard plan is about $75/month.

I haven’t bought coverage yet because I want to see how it compares to what I currently have through my employer, but I think it might be good to have just in case I’m out of the country, and I need emergency medical treatment.  Particularly if I’m in the United States.

Isn’t it interesting how these options aren’t talked about by politicians?  You wouldn’t want word to get out that you can buy your own private insurance, even though health care delivery  is still a near-government monopoly.

We need clear blue water.

Sorry, its not a post about our water quality which deserves a post for itself.  This is about the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race.  I want to share an interview that was done by Mark Steyn with Maxime Bernier.

Affectionately known as “Mad Max” by some of his supporters, he’s running a principled campaign based on mostly fiscal ideas that some people would label “Republican”, “laissez faire”, “trickle down economics”, or something like that.  In his own words, his campaign is about freedom, personal responsibility, fairness, and respect.

If you want the government out of your life, and you want to pay less tax, and be more responsible for your welfare, then Max Bernier is your guy.  He won’t rank at the top of my ballot for reasons to do with life and marriage (stop marching in Pride parades Max!!), but he’ll be close!!

As I said in the title, and as Mark Steyn said at the end of the interview, keep putting clear blue water between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party of Canada.  We’re never going to accomplish anything by trying to out-liberal the Liberal Party.

The Rockefeller Foundation

To most Catholics who spend any significant time on the internet learning about their faith, or just reading news about it, Michael Voris is probably a name you’ve heard of.   There’s not much middle ground with the founder of St. Michael’s Media and churchmilitant.com, most people either love him or hate him.  Few people seem to be ambivalent.

The video below is an investigative report about the Rockefeller Foundation,  which was part of a series he called “Catholic Investigative Agency” or CIA.  There’s some very good information here that all Catholics should know.  The Rockefellers are no friends of the Catholic Church.