CANADA’S ELECTIONS – WHAT A SURPRISE & BLESSING!
CONSERVATIVES WIN BIG IN CANADIAN ELECTIONS!
Not sure if you all heard or not, but we had another Federal Election in Canada last week.
This time the Conservative Government got a Majority Government, which is great news. It means that Stephen Harper remains our Prime Minister, and it also means that with a Majority Government, he can now pass conservative bills through the House of Commons with easier effort and can do so without another election for at least 4 years.
Other interesting tidbits that came out of the election is that the separatist Quebec Party, the Bloc Quebecois, was totally decimated, and for the first time in 18 years they no longer have enough seats in the House of Commons to be considered an official National Party. They held 54 seats in the last parliamentary sitting, and now they hold only 4. As they say in Quebec, “C’est la vie” (That’s life – Often used in disappointed resignation following some bad fortune).
Another interesting thing is that the slightly socialist leaning party of the NDP became the Official Opposition, which is a historical thing in Canada. The Official Opposition is the party that holds the most seats in the house next to the Prime Ministers party (which holds the most seats). A majority government is one in which the Prime Minister’s Party holds over 155 seats in the House of Commons. Meaning that if everyone voted on the issue, 155 seats would carry the vote no matter what the remaining 153 seats voted.
The reason we are excited about this move is not only the conservative thinking, or that Stephen is a Christian, but also little tidbits like this.
This is our Prime Minister’s own words, given in November of 2010 from Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
“Remembering the Holocaust is not merely an act of historical recognition. It must also be an understanding and an undertaking. An understanding that the same threats exist today. And an undertaking of a solemn responsibility to fight those threats.
Jews today in many parts of the world and many different settings are increasingly subjected to vandalism, threats, slurs, and just plain, old-fashioned lies.
Let me draw your attention to some particularly disturbing trends.
Anti-Semitism has gained a place at our universities, where at times it is not the mob who are removed, but the Jewish students under attack. And, under the shadow of a hateful ideology with global ambitions, one which targets the Jewish homeland as a scapegoat, Jews are savagely attacked around the world – such as, most appallingly, in Mumbai in 2008.
We have seen all this before. And we have no excuse to be complacent. In fact we have a duty to take action. And for all of us, that starts at home.
In Canada, we have taken a number of steps to assess and combat anti-Semitism in our own country. But of course we must also combat anti-Semitism beyond our borders, – an evolving, global phenomenon. And we must recognize, that while its substance is as crude as ever, its method is now more sophisticated.
Harnessing disparate anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western ideologies, it targets the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland, Israel, as the source of injustice and conflict in the world, and uses, perversely, the language of human rights to do so.
We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is. Of course, like any country, Israel may be subjected to fair criticism. And like any free country, Israel subjects itself to such criticism – healthy, necessary, democratic debate. But when Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack – Is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand. Demonization, double standards, de-legitimization, the 3 D’s, it is a responsibility, to stand up to them.
And I know, by the way, because I have the bruises to show for it, that whether it is at the United Nations, or any other international forum, the easy thing to do is simply to just get along and go along with this anti-Israeli rhetoric, to pretend it is just being even-handed, and to excuse oneself with the label of “honest broker.” There are, after all, a lot more votes, a lot more, in being anti-Israeli than in taking a stand. But, as long as I am Prime Minister, whether it is at the UN or the Francophone or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost. Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israeli mob tells us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are, in the longer term, a threat to all of us.
Earlier I noted the paradox of freedom. It is freedom that makes us human. Whether it leads to heroism or depravity depends on how we use it.
We are free citizens, but also the elected representatives of free peoples. We have a solemn duty to defend the vulnerable, to challenge the aggressor, to protect and promote human dignity, at home and abroad. None of us knows whether we would choose to do good, in the extreme circumstances of the Righteous. But we do know there are those today who would choose to do evil, if they are so permitted. Thus, we must use our freedom now, and confront their anti-Semitism at every turn.
Our work together is a sign of hope, just as the existence and persistence of the Jewish homeland is a sign of hope. And it is here that history serves not to warn but to inspire.
As I said on the 60th anniversary of its founding, the State of Israel appeared as a light, in a world emerging from deep darkness. Against all odds, that light has not been extinguished. It burns bright, upheld by the universal principles of all civilized nations – freedom, democracy, justice.
By working together more closely in the family of civilized nations, we affirm and strengthen those principles. And we declare our faith in humanity’s future, in the power of good over evil.” – Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister.
And on February 16, 2010, foreign Affairs minister Peter Kent (under Stephen Harper), suggested that Canada stands ready to throw its full military weight behind Israel, telling a Toronto publication that, “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada.”
On Israel’s birthday in May 2008, Stephen Harper is also quoted as saying, “Our government believes that those who threaten Israel also threaten Canada, because, as the last world war showed, hate-fuelled bigotry against some is ultimately a threat to us all, and must be resisted wherever it may lurk.” – Stephen Harper
“In this ongoing battle, Canada stands side-by-side with the State of Israel, our friend and ally in the democratic family of nations,… We have stood with Israel even when it has not been popular to do so, and we will continue to stand with Israel, just as I have always said we would.” – Stephen Harper Please Keep the Canadian Prime Minister in your prayers. In this day and age, he stands somewhat alone on the world scene and only with God’s blessing can he remain strong.
The good news is that with a majority government, we won’t be going back to the polls for at least another 4 to 5 years (under normal circumstances). So that being said, and as long as Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister – Not ALL the people of the earth are gathered against her (cf. Zechariah 12:2-3).