CHRETIEN WANTS CLARK RETAINED AS CONSERVATIVE LEADER TO ENSURE SPLIT VOTE

OTTAWA, January 29, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Buried in a National Post story today is a claim that Prime Minister Jean Chretien is determined to ensure Joe Clark is retained as the Conservative Party leader to avoid a unification of conservatives. Quoting an unnamed source, the Post reports that “While the Liberals will be happy to further weaken the opposition, Jean Chretien, the Prime Minister, wants to ensure the defections do not undermine Mr. Clark.” According to the sources, “Mr. Chretien told the Liberal caucus yesterday he wants Mr. Clark to stay as leader to ensure the small “c” conservative vote […]
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POPE SAYS FIGHT DIVORCE, “IT IS WORTH IT!”

Pope Addresses Fear of “Imposing” Morality VATICAN, January 29, 2002 (LSN.ca) – In an address to the Roman Rota (Vatican tribunal that handles annulment appeals) yesterday, Pope John Paul II said the church must work to combat divorce and uphold the indissolubility of marriage. “It is important to present in a positive way the indissoluble union, in order to rediscover the good and the beauty of it,” said the Pope. “Above all,” he continued, we “must overcome” the perception of the “indissolubility of marriage as a limit to the liberty of spouses and as a burden sometimes unbearable.” He also […]
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U.S. SUPREME COURT ASKED TO OVERTURN RICO RULING AGAINST PRO-LIFE GROUPS

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The American Center for Law and Justice, an international public interest law firm, announced yesterday it is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take a case and overturn a lower court ruling that determined the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute could be used against pro-life organizations. “It is clear that a federal statute – designed for drug dealers and organized crime – has been misapplied and turned against pro-life groups,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “To let the federal RICO statute be misused to target the pro-life community […]
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INTERFAITH COALITION TO INTERVENE IN HOMOSEXUAL BOOK CASE AT SUPREME COURT

OTTAWA, January 28, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Evangelicals, Catholics and a pro-family group are teaming up to defend a school board’s decision to keep books promoting homosexual parenthood out of kindergarten and grade one classrooms. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the Catholic Civil Rights League and the Canadian Alliance for Social Justice and Family Values Association were granted intervenor status last week. They will be working to defend the rights of religious parents to participate in decisions about the education of their children, in the case where a vast majority supported a restriction on the use […]
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CORRECTION

Please note that last Friday’s story, SUPREME COURT OF CANADA MAKES RULING RELATED TO ‘WRONGFUL BIRTH’ CASE, was incorrectly dated as “October 1.” The date should have read “January 25”.
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BISHOP AND S.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL DEFEND CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS IN N.Y. STATE

BUFFALO, January 28, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Catholic Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Diocese of Buffalo defended the work of crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in a homily on the Roe v. Wade anniversary. In his homily, the bishop denounced the attempts to “intimidate and to harass” the CPCs by a “confidential investigation” launched by New York State Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, a zealously pro-abortion Democrat. South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon also asked Spitzer to drop the ‘investigation.’ Bishop Mansell explained the situation to the faithful saying, “We’ve seen the attorney general’s office, Eliot Spitzer’s, in recent weeks going after […]
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WASHINGTON TIMES REFUSES TO PUBLISH PRO-LIFE AD AFTER LAWSUIT THREAT

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Washington Times, normally regarded as a conservative Washington paper, refused to run an American Life League ad critical of the pro-abortion Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC). Prior to a news conference at which the ad was unveiled, the Times had initially approved the ad. Immediately following the news conference, lawyers for Catholics for a Free Choice threatened the Times with a libel suit if the paper followed through with its intention to run the advertisement. Within minutes of receiving that letter, the Times informed American Life League that the ad had been […]
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SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES IN CANADA – BY DARREL REID OF FOCUS ON THE FAMILY CANADA

OTTAWA, January 28, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Today’s LifeSite special report carries an insightful article written by Focus on the Family Canada President Darrel Reid. In it Reid points out that “while most media commentators have persuaded themselves that all Canadians share their secular bias, this view often diverges widely from reality. In truth, many grassroots Canadians share concerns about issues no longer in vogue for our reporters and broadcasters.”   Reid identifies the causes of faith, life and family on which social conservatives come together and wonders at the oddity of politicians who attempt to attract social conservatives without offering […]
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CANADIAN POLITICAL ROUNDUP – EVES, PESCHISOLIDO AND BENNETT

TORONTO, January 28, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Conflict of interest charges are again surrounding former Ontario Finance Minister and current Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ernie Eves. Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty says Eves was in a conflict-of-interest position when as Finance Minister his ministry ignored warnings that an enriched pension scheme for MPPs likely would break federal law. “Mr. Eves had hundreds of thousands of personal dollars at stake,” said Mr. McGuinty. The Globe and Mail reports Eves was among those MPPs who received the larger payouts when the government ended the old pension plan;. Eves received $810,000. See the Globe […]
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