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The silence speaks volumes.
It's as though the anti-Islamophobia Motion-103 has already passed.
For example, last week when a small group descended on the Masjid Toronto mosque to protest Islam, Sharia law, honour killings and ISIS, political leaders were tripping over each other on Twitter to denounce this happening.
"There is no place for Islamophobia in Ontario. Thankful for those who stand with the Islamic community against hate," tweeted Premier Kathleen Wynne, who herself was seated at the back of this mosque during prayers recently.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists over and over that Islam is compatible with the West. One would have to conclude from that statement that the teachings of Islam are then compatible with Canada.
Despite the fact the ICNA Canada, the biggest national-wide organization in Canada, lead by Canada's top Imam, Dr. Iqbal Nadvi, maintains in an online publication that "the political system of Islam is totally incompatible with western democracy", Trudeau pushed Motion 103 that states that Islam, in particular, cannot be criticized in the name of Islamophobia.
President Donald Trump is poised to make his first U.S. Supreme Court nomination, setting up a showdown with congressional Democrats over a selection that would bolster the court's conservative wing for a generation or more.
Trump will select one of two federal appeals court judges, either Neil Gorsuch of Denver or Thomas Hardiman of Pittsburgh, according to people familiar with the president's decision process. Trump says he will announce his choice at 8 p.m. Washington time Tuesday.
Either Gorsuch, 49, or Hardiman, 51, would in all likelihood restore the ideological balance that existed before Scalia's death on Feb. 13, 2016, left a vacancy that has yet to be filled. Each is a Republican appointee with a decade-long record on the federal bench.
Premier Kathleen Wynne's approval rating has increased four percentage points and still comes in at under 20%.
Two-thirds of Ontarians either somewhat or strongly disapprove of her job performance as premier, while only 18% think she's doing a good job, according to a new poll.
"I would say that she has improved from atrocious to abysmal," Mainstreet Research president Quito Maggi said Thursday of the 4% bump. "That's still a long, long way from where she needs to be to have any chance of a comeback."
Today, January 24, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R.7 by a vote of 238 to 183, making the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions through Medicaid.
"We are a pro-life Congress," said House Speaker Paul Ryan in a statement. "Today we renewed our commitment to the Hyde Amendment with the passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. I want to thank Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) for his tireless commitment to this cause. This legislation protects the conscience of American taxpayers by ensuring that not a single dollar of their hard-earned money goes to fund abortions. As hundreds of thousands of Americans flock to Washington for the March for Life, we must never forget that defending all of our people - especially the defenseless - must be our top priority if we want to be a good and moral nation."
Turns out, there are a lot of people concerned about free speech in Canada.
And concerned about losing it.
"It's great to be in a room full of severely normal people," said Conservative leadership candidate Dr. Kellie Leitch, drawing cheers.
About 1,200 people showed up to The Rebel's Rally For Free Speech at Canada Christian College to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government's M-103 motion being debated in the House of Commons this week, which many criticism is, in essence, an anti-blasphemy law seen in many Muslim countries that prevents criticism of Islam.
Following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, opposition activists organized large rallies in major cities across North America. Dubbed the 'Women's March,' these rallies consisted mostly of liberal and left-wing activists promoting their own political agenda.
Millions of women attended, millions more stayed at home.
Feminism isn't for everyone, and modern feminism is no longer an inclusive movement to protect and improve the lives of all women.
New feminism has morphed into an anti-Western, anti-conservative ideology. It aims to undermine men-especially straight, white men-and fight against "the patriarchy," that is, the traditional institutions of society, like the family, marriage, religion and even the economy.
The Liberal government has revived a program used by left-wing activists and sexual minorities to remake Canada in their image.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's father, Pierre, created the Court Challenges program in the 1970s to defend federalism in Quebec, but it was twice shut down by Conservative governments. It funded activist groups to challenge the constitutionality of Canadian laws and had become "a tool to undermine Canada's Judeo-Christian values," Gwen Landolt of REAL Women of Canada said.
Now it is back, as Justin Trudeau vowed in his 2015 election campaign, with a $5 million budget, two panels of expert advisers and an expanded mandate.
Kevin O'Leary doesn't just see himself as becoming the next prime minister of Canada.
He sees himself as the one who can rid the country of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his majority Liberal government.
"I am Trudeau's worst nightmare," O'Leary said in an interview with the Toronto Sun just an hour after he announced his official candidacy into the federal Conservative leadership race on Wednesday.
For now at least, we do have freedom of speech in Canada.
But try booking a conference room to protest the bizarre anti-Islamic blasphemy motion. Organizers of the Emergency Rally for Free Speech found out first-hand Tuesday freedom is not always free - even when you are prepared to pay.
The rally was scheduled for Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at a Toronto hotel and with up to 1,000 people expected, including up to six Conservative Party leadership candidates, organizers were gearing up to send a message as parliament gets set to debate M-103 this week.
Until the phone rang with some strange news.
In Dartmouth, N.S., Monday, Justin Trudeau said that because his maternal grandfather was born in Scotland, he understands the immigrant experience.
In Kingston, Ont., last week, Trudeau was asked what to do if he got a spot on his tie - and he had a handy tip.
And, of course, in Peterborough, Ont., he forced his aides into some damage control when he blurted out that the oilsands ought to be phased out.
These are all part of what passes for the out-takes so far at the six town hall-style meetings Trudeau has held in Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on his national 'listening' tour.
Liberal MP Iqra Khalid is considering softening the language in her so-called anti-Islamophobia motion, the Sun has learned.
After Conservative leadership candidate and Ontario MP Erin O'Toole reached out to Khalid with his concerns, the controversial motion may be amended.
"I suggested amendments that I believe would address valid concerns about limiting free speech while ensuring she can bring the debate she wants to bring to the House of Commons," O'Toole told me in an email. "These would remove any ambiguity with respect to free speech being limited including criticism of radical Islam or even criticizing the faith or its practices like any other faith. We had a good discussion and she said she would consider my proposed amendments."
During a now-notorious town hall in Peterborough, Ont., Prime Minister Trudeau last week came face to face with an issue that could become his electoral undoing - not just in Ontario, but across all of Canada.
The moment came when the Peterborough audience erupted in cheers and applause for a 54-year-old woman, Kathy Katula, who pleaded for the prime minister's support in her battle against soaring Ontario electricity bills and the burden of living in what she described as energy poverty. "I'm asking you, Mr. Trudeau, how do you justify to a mother of four children, three grandchildren, with physical disabilities, and working up to 15 hours a day, how is it justified for you to ask me to pay a carbon tax when I only have $65 left in my paycheque every two weeks to feed my family."
Have we lost all perspective and restraint? What could be more spectacular "truthiness" than to call Trump's notorious executive order a "Muslim ban"? He put the Syrian refugee program on hold, suspended all refugee admissions for four months and temporarily banned citizens of seven countries Obama had designated "countries of concern," among many other things. But even if it is on some ground or another unconstitutional, it does not contain the word Muslim explicitly or by implication. Trump did not ban Muslims and to say he did is to practice identity politics and to lie. Which is not virtuous.
Sober observers of American politics, even on the left, have noted that one thing Trump supporters reliably dislike is "identity politics," the assigning of opinions or virtues to people based on race, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. Yet it is frequently asserted as evident fact that Trump and his ilk practice it, blowing white supremacist "dog whistles" only their slobbering subhuman followers can hear. Which arguably isn't very nice. Or true. Even if it feels good.
Well, that went about as well as expected.
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked Friday at a town hall in Peterborough, Ont., for his views on climate change and pipelines, he gave an ominous answer: "We can't shut down the oilsands tomorrow; we need to phase them out."
You could almost hear the heads explode in Alberta - and none detonated with more indignation than that of Wildrose Leader Brian Jean.
Tory leadership candidate Brad Trost stands alone in voting against 'Gender Equality Week' bill in Canada
Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost cast the only no vote against a bill that would create a "Gender Equality Week" during the first week of October in Canada.
Fully 287 MPs voted for the bill at second reading, sending it for consideration to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Only Trost dissented.
"Some of my friends would have voted against it too if they had read it," he told LifeSiteNews.
Justin Trudeau admitted on Thursday that he used the Aga Khan's private helicopter to get around the Bahamas when he vacationed with the billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader, an apparent violation of federal law and his own rules.
The National Post asked the prime minister to describe how he travelled from Nassau - the Bahamanian capital where Trudeau and his family landed in an RCAF Challenger executive jet on Boxing Day - to Bell Island, which is about 115 kilometres south over open ocean, after a Conservative MP asked a parliamentary watchdog to investigate Trudeau’s travel arrangements.
On Monday, it was Conservative MP Andrew Scheer, asking Mary Dawson, Parliament's Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, to determine if Trudeau was violating federal laws when he accepted the hospitality of the Aga Kahn at Bell Island, the Bahamas. The Aga Khan is the director and chairman of an organization in Canada that is registered under federal law to lobby the federal government for foreign aid money.
Canadian vying for Tory leadership vows to protect kids from liberal ideology with 'Parental Bill of Rights'
Conservative leadership candidate Brad Trost is promising to introduce a Parental Bill of Rights in Parliament that would protect children from being subjected to the social values of leftist provincial and federal governments.
Trost said there are several pieces of provincial and federal legislation that threatened parental rights. He is one of just two candidates among 14 vying for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership identified by the Campaign Life Coalition as pro-life.
Trost cited Ontario's Bill 28 that replaced "mother" and "father" with "parent" when registering births. He also mentioned the proposed Bill 89, which "will redefine the best interests of the child in Ontario family law to include 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' as factors to be considered in custody cases.
Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and former Mississauga MP Bob Dechert served together in former prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservative caucus for years.
It looked like Dechert might be reunited with his former Ottawa colleague since he had thrown his hat into the ring to run for the Tory nomination in Mississauga Erin-Mills.
He was a potential candidate in the 2018 provincial election until Saturday when he dropped a political bomb, calling for an investigation into the party's nomination process and membership registration legitimacy.
Angry social conservatives blasted Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown at an Ottawa-area event on Sunday. They denounced him for rejecting them and turning the party into what they said amounted to a Liberal clone.
"You do not accept social conservatives at all, you don't... I've been shut down," said Stephanie McEvoy of parents' rights group My Child My Choice at the event, a group opposing the Liberal sex-ed curriculum.
McEvoy lambasted Brown for suggesting his party represents "diversity" while under his leadership it rejects the party's conservative base.
Monte McNaughton will be looking to win a third term at the Ontario legislature in 18 months' time.
Progressive Conservative MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex since 2011, the 39-year-old McNaughton was expected to be acclaimed at the provincial party riding association's nomination meeting Thursday in Glencoe.
"Honoured to continue representing Lambton-Kent-Middlesex at Queen's Park and honoured to represent the Conservative Party in the next election," the Mt. Brydges resident said Thursday morning, before the meeting.
"I'm going to continue to do what I've done over the last five years and that's bring common-sense ideas from the people and businesses of my riding to Queen's Park," he said.