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(LifeSiteNews) – With an election possibly coming up in Canada, many Americans and non-Canadians are confused as to how exactly the political system in the country works. This episode of The John-Henry Westen Show provides answers to this question and more.

To help explain the specifics of Canadian politics, I spoke with the leader of the Christian Heritage Party, Rod Taylor. He’s been leading the pro-life, pro-family, and pro-God party, which has been around for about 35 years, since 2014.

Our conversation began with Taylor pointing out the basics of the Canadian government, which is a constitutional monarchy with a representative parliament consisting of the Senate and the House of Commons. He said that the people only elect MPs of the House of Commons, and that these elections, which also may decide the prime minister of the country, are held irregularly, unlike elections in the United States.

Taylor mentioned how “when an election is called, citizens get to vote for the member of their district, the member who will represent them in the House of Commons.” Furthermore, “they do not get to vote for the prime minister [and] they do not get to vote for their Senators. They only get to vote for the individual who will represent them in their district.”

Taylor also had an interesting take on how the major political parties are guided not by principles but by political power, even the so-called pro-life Conservative Party. He pointed out that a member of parliament and of any party will not be allowed to vote according to his or her conviction but only with “the wishes of their leader and the controlling core of the party.” If he or she doesn’t, he or she will be chastised or kicked out of the party.

Taylor then stated that both the government and culture need “to get back to God…to the basics of human dignity and respect for life…[and] freedom,” and not be guided by political power.

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com. He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.  

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.  

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.

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