To hell in a hand basket.

Maybe it doesn’t occur to people because our culture is so saturated in its own sin, but we’re killing off our own society (and importing a different one through immigration) through abortion and euthanasia.  Yet, our politicians from every political party are more concerned about spending your money (through taxes) on refunds for transit passes or infrastructure, like pork projects that mostly don’t deserve public funding anyway, which will only result in  more debt for my generation and the following generations to pay off.

Instead of making the moral arguments against these evils and then letting the cards fall where they may, people would rather avoid the topics because they’re divisive.  So, in the interest if gaining political power in a society that’s largely funnelling the storm drain, we’re going to pretend that these fundamental issues aren’t issues at all, and we’re going to worry about taxes and debt.  Yes!!  More bread and circuses!!  More fun!

Campaign Life Coalition  has a page on their website with the available facts and figures on abortion.  Its enough to make your heart break and your blood boil.  Here’s a few of the statistics.

  • At least 100,000 surgical abortions are committed annually in Canada, conservatively speaking.(5)
  • Since it’s legalization in 1969, 4 million Canadians have died from elective abortions.
  • Today, abortion is used as a “back-up” birth control method in more than 96% of instances.(6)
  • About half of the women with an unplanned pregnancy choose abortion. The other half keeps the child. Fewer than 1% offer the baby for adoption.
  • Only a few hundred children are placed in adoption each year.(7) Couples who wish to adopt can wait up to 10 years before bringing their child home.

Its really hard to get excited about the 150th Anniversary of this nation after you see these numbers and then consider the real state of our country.  I read this and I started regretting getting involved in politics at all, even though it was just to vote in the leadership campaign.

This is a bit of a rant, but I had to write something after the thought came to me earlier around lunch time that while 4 million Canadians have been murdered through abortion since 1969, our chief concern is money.  I guess that’s not totally surprising, but its sure depressing to think about.

Maybe we should reread the Old Testament of the Bible, and reacquaint ourselves with how God dealt with a people who refused to turn away from their sin.  This isn’t Old Testament times, God isn’t going to intervene and establish another new covenant. The new Covenant in his blood is everlasting.

We’ve got a choice to make, folks.  Whatever choice that is God will respect it.  He gave you free will.  You have to choose.  He won’t violate your free will, or the choices we make in this life are meaningless.

By the way, for Catholics in particular, when you sin mortally you place yourself under the power of Satan.  Its true for everyone, but Catholics have recourse to do something about it immediately through confession.

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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.

 

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.

What is Alt-Right?

The term or phrase “alt-right” which I presume is shorthand for right wing alternative has been used a lot since the U.S. Presidential campaign that elected Donald Trump. What does it actually mean?

In Canada there isn’t room in public life for people with an openly religious perspective on politics.  Right now there’s one or two candidates for the Conservative Party leadership who are openly religious, and take stances based on religious convictions.  I support one of them.  His name is Brad Trost.   I can see the day coming when people like Brad Trost simply won’t be welcome in the “modern” Conservative Party.  Opposing abortion and even more so opposing homosexuality and so-called same-sex “marriage” is going to result in social conservatives being marginalized or tossed out of the Party all together.

I would propose that the term alt-right is eventually going to stand for all religious conservatives.  All the traditional Canadians (or Americans, Europeans, etc) who are worried about the future of their society and their communities, and don’t want them over-run by globalist, culturally Marxist elites who want to superficially eliminate all meaningful differences between peoples.

Real community requires commonly held values and mores that govern social behaviour, not just laws that dictate what you can say or do based on the feelings of your neighbour.  Our immigration levels combined with increasing secularization is eroding the common values that previously held our communities together.   Its unfortunate if it upsets people, but communities can’t be held together by government.

In the end this isn’t a problem that will be solved through government action.  It will likely be solved through something like the Benedict option.  St. Benedict is the founder of a religious order, and author of what he called “The Rule of St. Benedict” which was the rule that people lived by within his communities.

 

 

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.

Budget Day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of deficits and debt.  Both the federal government in Ottawa and the provincial government in Saskatchewan are running larger than predicted deficits.  To the credit of the Saskatchewan Party, the provincial government is taking steps to address the issue and bring the budget back to balance.  The feds on the other hand are continuing to ignore the looming fiscal cliff because apparently a few extra billions in spending right now is what we need to prepare for the retirement of the baby boomer generation, and a much small workforce over the next twenty years.

The SK government unveiled a plan to increase a whole host of taxes (PST by 1 point, property taxes (education portion), and sin taxes (taxes on beer, wine, spirits, and cigarettes), and end a series of PST exemptions in order to raise the revenue to balance the budget.  I’m surprised that the PST will now be applicable to children’s clothing.  I thought if there was one exemption that would stay, that would be it.

This budget really seems to hammer home the reality that there’s no significant appetite for making the government smaller at either level of government.  Canadians – in Saskatchewan and elsewhere – seem to really love their government programs.  A right wing party (the Saskatchewan Party) has authored what normally would be called an NDP budget, the only difference is that there’s no new spending.  We need serious root and branch reforms to our health care and education systems.  Its not good enough to just reorganize the administration of these programs.  The programs need to be altered fundamentally.  It’d be nice to have two clear choices in an election and to have some clear blue living sky between them on the issues that really matter.

Its time to take on the tough challenges and start having the courage of our convictions.  The Federal Liberal Party won a majority government by running to the left, let me repeat that, to the left of the NDP.  I think Conservatives should stop settling for a slightly right of left of centre party, and be a genuinely conservative party again.