A Report Card on the 41st Parliament

27 Jul 2015 A Report Card on the 41st Parliament

MP’s are back in their constituencies for the summer break, and gearing up for an election in October.  On the feature interview this week, ARPA Policy Analyst Colin Postma reviews the highs and lows of the Parliamentary session that concluded last month; a look at the various bills that did – and did not – pass. He’s also done a written analysis of the session, which you can find here


 In the news, the federal government has finally told us how it’s going to respond to the Supreme Court decision in the “Carter Case”.  The government has appointed a blue-ribbon panel to look at the issue of euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, and come back with some recommendations late this fall.  What’s particularly encouraging is that the Committee has been tasked to speak with the interveners in the Supreme Court case; groups such as ARPA, whose input appeared to be largely ignored in the Court’s ruling.  There will also be an opportunity for you to make your views known to the panel.  The online consultation form isn’t ready yet, but when it is, it’ll be available here.

Planned Parenthood in the US is at the centre of a firestorm of controversy after revelations that it traffics in the organs of unborn babies.  A California-based group, the Center for Medical Progress, has released several undercover videos in the past few weeks in which senior Planned Parenthood officials are seen haggling over the prices of those organs.  (The videos are here.)
On this week’s program, we talk to We Need a Law’s Mike Schouten about how those revelations are playing out for Planned Parenthood in the Canadian context.  (WNAL has launched a campaign to stop government funding of Planned Parenthood in Canada – you can see more about that .)

And the Christian Heritage Party is gearing up for the October federal election, with a new electoral strategy.  We speak with leader Rod Taylor.  

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