Conservative Party Leadership Race – May 27th, 2017

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Quick Links To MYC National Communications on The CPC Leadership Race:

May 29th, 2017 – Andrew Scheer wins leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada; MYC National Director Faytene Grasseschi responds

May 26th, 2017 – CPC Leadership Event kicks off // How to vote in-person & watch election results LIVE tomorrow, May 27th

May 3rd, 2017 – IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION & VIDEO: Suggestions & Instructions for the CPC Leadership Election

Mar. 27th, 2017 – Please read. CRITICAL FINAL COUNTDOWN: 24 Hours Left To Have A Voice In One of the MOST Important Elections This Decade for Canadian Christians

Mar. 22nd, 2017 – Less than One Week Until CPC Membership Deadline: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Conservative Leadership Race

Feb. 18th, 2017 – A Pro-Life Prime Minister of Canada? Dare to Dream // Take Action by March 28th to Vote in the CPC Leadership Election

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Overview:

The Leader of a political party has immense influence over a number of factors, including the party’s platform, policy, and caucus, and personally approving each and every party election candidate. The opportunity to elect a new leader to one of Canada’s primary federal parties only comes once every 12-15 years. Such an opportunity is coming to us in this May when the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) will elect its new party leader!

MY Canada has identified a number of candidates as lining up with socially-conservative positions on abortion, assisted suicide, free speech and the defence of Israel. One of these candidates becoming leader of the Conservative Party could be a big step in seeing the tide begin to change on abortion in Canada, for example, as it is very likely that the next leader of the CPC could become Canada’s next Prime Minister. 

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Opportunity to Elect a Pro-Life CPC Leader:

We have identified three of the candidates in the running (thus far) who have perfect voting records when it comes to pro-life issues. They are:

Pierre Lemieux (website)
Andrew Scheer (website)
Brad Trost (website)

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Candidate Stances on Key Issues (Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, etc.):

There are currently 13 candidates in the race to become leader of the CPC. We encourage you to visit the websites and social media pages of each of the candidates to learn more about their platforms and personal positions on issues. Here are some notes that we have gathered on a few of the frontrunner candidates.

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Chris Alexander – Not a Member of Parliament.

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Maxime Bernier – Recently told a community newspaper in Hamilton that he would re-open the abortion debate and allow a free vote if that’s what his members want. “I’m open to having the debate if members of my party want that debate,” said Bernier in an interview with Hamilton Community News. He supported the removal of the party’s definition of marriage as being the union between a man and a woman at its policy convention in May 2016 and walked in the 2016 Gay Pride Parade. Also, originally voting in support of Transgender Bill C-16, Bernier said in February that he would reverse his vote and vote against the bill if given the chance. 

* Voted against assisted suicide bill C-14.
* Did not vote on bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law.
* Voted in favour of transgender bill C-16 but later publicly stated he had changed his mind and would have voted differently if given the chance.

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Steven Blaney

* Voted against assisted suicide bill C-14.
* Voted in support of bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law.
* Voted in support of transgender bill C-16.

 

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Michael Chong – Told the Globe and Mail earlier this year that if he were Prime Minister, his government would not legislate on matters related to abortion, vowing not to “reopen divisive social issues” (abortion, same-sex marriage, assisted suicide), but he added: “I won’t prevent a back-bench member of my caucus from speaking up on these issues nor will I prevent them from voting freely in the House of Commons.” He walked in the 2016 Gay Pride Parade in Toronto.

* Did not vote on assisted suicide bill C-14.
* Voted against bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law.
* Voted in favour of transgender bill C-16.
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Kellie Leitch
 – Leitch opposes the legalization of marijuana, voted against assisted suicide Bill C-14, is for same-sex marriage, and self-identifies as pro-life. However she has also recently said “I have no intention of bringing the abortion issue back to the House of Commons.” She also marched in the 2016 Gay Pride Parade. Click here to read an interview with MP Leitch.

* Did not vote on assisted bill C-14, bill C-225 (Cassie and Molly’s Law) or transgender bill C-16.

Pierre Lemieux –  Mr. Lemieux is one of the most outspoken candidates against abortion, sex-selection (gendercide), assisted suicide and “Islamophobia” motion M-103. He is a staunch supporter of free speech. His website says, “I’m pro-life and believe in the sanctity of life from conception through to natural death.” On Dec. 11th, 2016, Lemieux released a video addressing Gender-Selective Abortion and committing to fighting this injustice. On Israel,“Pierre believes that the only road to a just and enduring peace between Israel and the Palestinians is direct negotiations without pre-conditions. Under his leadership, Canada would be unequivocal in its support for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, while working to ensure a fair and lasting solution for all parties in the region. A Canada under Pierre Lemieux’s leadership can always be counted on as a friend of Israel.” 

* Is not a sitting Member of Parliament but has been very outspoken against assisted suicide and transgender bill C-16. Was very supportive of bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law, and has committed to working towards a similar bill if given the opportunity as leader of the CPC.

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Deepak Obhrai

* Voted in support of assisted suicide bill C-14.
* Did not vote on bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law.
* Voted in support of transgender bill C-16. 

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Erin O’Toole

* Voted against assisted suicide bill C-14.
* Voted to support bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law.
* Did not vote on transgender bill C-16.

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Rick Peterson – Not a Member of Parliament.

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Lisa Raitt – Although opposed to assisted suicide, Raitt has a pro-abortion voting record. In early January, Ms. Raitt said, ““I think it’s a decision that is a tough decision for any woman to make, but I would never bring in legislation to make it illegal, ever.” .She also attended the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade. 

* Voted against assisted suicide bill C-14.
* Voted to support bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law.
* Voted in favour of transgender bill C-16.

 

Andrew Saxton – Not a Member of Parliament.

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Andrew Scheer – Scheer consistently votes in favour of legislation that would protect pre-born children, including Cassie and Molly’s Law. In an interview with Power and Politics shortly after entering the race he said, “My record has been consistent and I’m an authentic person, I am pro-life. I’ve always been consistent on that. But does that mean that the Prime Minister or the leader of our party should legislate on that when even our caucus isn’t united on that?” Although he will not personally bring forward abortion legislation, he has adamantly defended that his caucus would be free to table legislation on the matter and would allow a free vote as well.

* Voted against assisted suicide bill C-14.
* Voted to support bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law.
* Voted against transgender bill C-16.
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Brad Trost – Brad Trost is a true social-conservative and has a perfect voting record on pro-life issues as well as other issues MYC follows closely. In an interview with ARPA Canada’s Lighthouse News Trost said that he is joining the race because, “I believe we need a conviction-based, broad-spectrum conservative.” He went on to say, “I don’t understand why Canada is the only democratic country in the world without an abortion law.” First elected in 2004, Trost has continued to prove his social-conservative values, attending March for Life, anti-euthanasia and pro-family events, and refusing to shy away from controversial subjects. He is very outspoken against Transgender bill C-16 & ‘Islamophobia’ motion M-103 and was the sole vote opposing bill C-309, a bill to establish a “Gender Equality week” in Canada, demonstrating that he is fearless when it comes to doing what he believes is right.

* Voted against assisted suicide bill C-14.
* Voted to support bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law.
* Voted against transgender bill C-16.

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Related Articles:

RightNow – Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race

Mar. 31st, 2017 – Vice News Canada – “The whole gay thing”

Feb. 28th, 2017 – Christian Heritage Party – The Good, the Bad and the Compromised: The Conservative Leadership Race

Feb. 1st, 2017 – CTV – Where 14 Conservative leadership candidates stand on social issues

Jul. 2nd, 2016 – CBC – Conservative leadership contenders to join Toronto Pride parade

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What You Can Do:

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1) FOLLOW THE RACE:

We encourage you to watch the leadership debates, get to know the different candidates, and follow the news on the race. We will be sure to keep you updated through the MYC National Updates. Please sign up here to receive our updates if you have not already. 

Click here to watch the Saskatoon, SK debate: Nov. 10th, 2016

Click here to watch the Moncton, NB debate: Dec. 6th, 2016

Click here to watch the Quebec City, QC debate: Jan. 17th, 2017

Click here to watch the Edmonton, AB debate: Feb. 28th, 2017

Click here to watch the Toronto, ON debate: Apr. 26th, 2017

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2) PLEASE PRAY:

Please join us in praying for the leadership race in general and the righteous candidates specifically. Let’s pray against any interference that would negatively affect the campaigns of righteous candidates. Please pray that those who purchased CPC memberships and will be voting in the upcoming election would have wisdom and discernment on who the most anointed candidate is.

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3) DO EVEN MORE:

If you would like to help us get righteous candidates across the nation elected into various levels of government, please contact us at admin@4mycanada.ca, including your postal code. There is an urgent need for volunteers and we would be so grateful for your help.

You may also want to consider:

▪ Donating to the campaign of your preferred candidate
▪ Volunteering for the campaign of your preferred candidate