How this Christian political party that honours God can help save Canada
September 17, 2021 (Campaign Life Coalition) – Every level-headed Canadian knows there is very little difference between the politics of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), Erin O'Toole. This has become especially apparent in recent days as Canadians suffer under what many would call a COVID dictatorship. While the CPC has some decent and even strong MPs and candidates, the CPC has long become less and less conservative at the party level. Many freedom-loving Canadians have turned to Maxime Bernier and his People’s Party of Canada (PPC), which supports "Common Sense Principles That Put Canadians First." Bernier has even been arrested for his bold stand against the COVID restrictions.
MP Derek Sloan has been trying to launch his True North Party (TNP) of Canada, but it is not ready for the September 20 federal election. Sloan, like Bernier, has been consistently outspoken against the current COVID tyranny. However, he has been criticized both for forming a new party instead of joining the PPC, as well as for choosing to run for election in Alberta rather than re-election in his current Ontario riding.
Laying aside these concerns, there is an important fact that seems to have gone unnoticed by many.
At a rally in Abbotsford, BC, Bernier was asked, "I want to know directly, what is your stance on abortion of all sorts? Will you denounce that wickedness?" Bernier replied:
I am ready to have a debate in the house. We’re the only party that is saying ‘yes’ because for the other parties they don’t want to touch that. . . We can have an abortion in Canada an hour before a lady will give birth. That’s a murder. That’s not an abortion. So, personally, the party has no position on that because it's a question of conscience. But we are welcoming pro-life people, they are in our party. . . So, what is my personal position on that? I am the only leader of a national party that said publicly, 'I'm against sex-selection abortion and I am against late-term abortion'. And I am willing to have a debate on that in the house and to debate it because we are not a real democratic country when you can kill babies.
While this may be a wonderful statement in various ways, it is difficult to draw from it that Bernier is absolutely opposed to abortion. I respect Bernier very much and I am so grateful for his stand against totalitarianism in Canada. Nevertheless, whether he knows it or not, his position is hypocritical. He and his party fight for the rights of all born Canadians but he will not enshrine the rights of all unborn Canadians in the PPC platform.
In contrast, Sloan said his True North Party will be “explicitly pro-life” and that “abortion will not be a neutral idea in the party." As Sloan told Rebel News, “Life is valuable, it's worth protecting.” According to one report, Sloan "did speak with Bernier about their shared interests, but said what Canada needs now is a party that stands for 'certain values.'"
Even so, while I applaud Sloan’s pro-life views, I am neither joining his TNP nor the PPC. Why? Some forgotten Canadian history will help illustrate why:
When our constitution was being created in 1982, the pro-abortion Pierre Elliot Trudeau said it was "strange, so long after the Middle Ages, that some politicians felt obliged to mention God in a constitution which is, after all, a secular and not a spiritual document." Nevertheless, the preamble to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms states, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law..."
However, that is merely an abridgment of the preamble to the Canadian Bill of Rights of 1960:
The Parliament of Canada, affirming that the Canadian Nation is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, the dignity and worth of the human person and the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions;
Affirming also that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law[.]
Those important phrases have been hidden and forgotten. Freedom, rights, truth, justice, none of that has any basis unless they come from God. If there is no God, there is no truth and justice and, therefore, no rights or freedoms. As Canadian author Susan Hearn writes, “Only God can keep our land glorious and free.” Unfortunately, God has been snubbed even by our ‘conservative’ thinkers in Canada. Both Maxime Bernier and Derek Sloan’s philosophies are based on ‘common sense’. That is a foundation of sand. While it is doubtful that either of them would ever openly insult God in the manner Pierre Trudeau did, their public statements reveal a troubling lack of concern for His glory.
The famous G. K. Chesterton once said:
[I]t is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God. That fact is written all across human history. . . Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world.
Beginning in 1877, the opening prayer in our House of Commons included, "we humbly beg in the name and through the mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour." In 1994, that part was scrapped. Why are more Canadians not up in arms about this?
None other than pro-life heroine Abby Johnson hit the nail on the head about the key problem in the conservative movement at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC):
We have a problem in the conservative movement. Because we are allowing diversity to trump Jesus Christ. . . I think gun rights and election integrity and all that is important. I do. But we need to hear more about God. . . [W]e are too worried about offence in this country. We are too worried about offending our neighbour and we should be 100% worried about offending the heart of God. . . And the only way to bring back truth, big T Truth, in the conservative movement, is to focus less on diversity and to focus more on Jesus Christ.
So many Canadians have forgotten or simply don't know why we are called "The Dominion of Canada." At confederation in 1867, Sir Leonard Tilley was struck by Psalm 72 verse 8: "He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth." As the story goes, Sir Leonard then proposed the title "The Dominion of Canada" for our nation which was passed by the Fathers of Confederation. Canada's peace tower in Ottawa also has the text "He shall have dominion also from sea to sea" on its East portal.
In light of these concerns, I am a proud member of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, to which I have pledged my complete support. They are completely against the COVID dictatorship, as the public statements of their leaders and candidates make clear, and they are also staunchly pro-life and pro-family. "What?", you might say, "you can't support a party that has 'Christian in its name! They'll never get elected!" Well, bear with me. I will address why every pro-life, freedom-loving Canadian should join the CHP.
In an interview with John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews, CHP leader Rod Taylor laid out the authentic solution to the crisis in Canada:
[I]n a general sense, we need to get back to God. We need to get back to the basics of human dignity, respect for life, respect for freedom. Our campaign slogan is “Life, Family, and Freedom”. . .the founders of this country recognized that every blessing that we have comes from almighty God. They recognized that we, human beings, are made in His image, that we have a responsibility not only to each other but to Him and to His principles, and that the prosperity of a nation, the freedom of a nation, depends on our willingness to submit our will to His will.
In his 1948 book, Communism and the Conscience of the West, the famous televangelist Fulton Sheen writes:
The Western world has been attempting to preserve the fruits of Christianity after having surrendered the roots. It is trying to preserve respect for the dignity of man, human freedom and the inviolability of human rights . . .after having surrendered the spirit which is the foundation of freedom, and after having denied the Creator Who is the Author of our inviolable rights. [Emphasis in original]
Anti-lockdown Pastor Art Lucier from Kelowna, BC put it bluntly, “What’s the opposite of communism? . . it’s Christianity.”
The Christian Heritage Party is, at present, the only social conservative party in Canada. However, that is not the main reason that I believe they are worthy of support. Most importantly, the CHP is the only party that calls upon the strongest political ally: God. From a human standpoint, there is little chance a CHP candidate could be elected. And yet, the Holy Bible tells us that we should “put not our trust in princes and sons of men, who cannot save” (Psalm 146:3)!
I wrote this article to gain support for the CHP, but ultimately I have more confidence in my prayers than I do in any human means. It is important to remember the words of God to Gideon:
I must not grant victory over Madian to an army like this, or the Israelites would boast that they had no need of me; that their own strength had brought them deliverance. (Judges 7:2)
The CHP has been around since 1986. Other parties have come and gone, like the Reform Party, but the CHP is still here and fighting. CHP leader Rod Taylor says,
We stand for election and we run hard to be elected, but even if and when we come to the end of voting day and we don’t get sent to parliament, we still think it’s our duty to speak truth to the public.
This is my plea for my fellow Canadians: If there is a CHP candidate in your riding, don’t simply vote for them, get active! Even 5, 3, or just 1 God-fearing MP could make a difference in our parliament. Take out a CHP membership and donate; political parties need money. If there is no CHP candidate in your riding, I leave up to you whether you vote CPC or PPC, if there is a PPC candidate. Consider helping a CHP candidate in a nearby riding even if you are unable to vote for him yourself. There are at least 23 ridings with both CHP and PPC candidates. In those cases, I implore you to vote CHP and fight your hardest to convince local PPC and CPC supporters to vote CHP. Also, do what you can so that this will be the last election where there is no CHP candidate in your riding. Most importantly, please pray regularly for the success of the CHP. We will get nowhere without prayer!
Lastly, I earnestly call upon all pro-life and pro-family political figures such as Richard Decarie, Jim Karahilios, Derek Sloan (all disgracefully cancelled by the CPC overlords), Ontario MPP Belinida Karahilios (cancelled by Doug Ford), Saskatchewan MP Cathay Wagantall, (whom Rod Taylor called “A tremendous warrior for the unborn”) and Nunavut MLA Patrick Nester to prayerfully consider joining the CHP. You could all do so much good in the CHP, whether in federal or provincial politics. If there has ever been a time for uniting the forces of good in Canada, that time is now.
May God have mercy on the citizens of this beautiful country!
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