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June 29, 2004

Christian Heritage

Remarks by someone calling himself "Hamilcar" to a post at The Shotgun sum up the attitude that lost the Conservatives the election. The zealots are trying to figure out why Ontario failed, once again, to follow what they claim is God's will.

The Liberal who won is against abortion and same-sex marriage, so there was no harm done.

These people could care less if a Liberal or a Conservative took a seat provided "Christian" "Heritage" Party values win the day. These people are the super-crazies of Canadian politics and we are meant to believe it was vote-splitting among the super-crazies that lost the day. And they wonder why the right's combined share of the popular vote shrank by 8% despite this Liberal government? Here is the answer. Most Canadians do not want a fringe of right-wing Catholics and Evangelical Protestants to dictate to them what to do in their marriages, their families or their places of worship. Here is a simple fact: the federal Conservative Party will never hold power in this country until it is clear that its membership respect the opinions of Canadians who disagree with them.

It is not the Alliance take-over of the Progressive Conseratives that people should be talking about. It is the Christian Heritage Party take-over of the Alliance. The people of Ontario rejected CHP values last night. Thank God.

The rest of my election commentary is here.

And then... Chris Taylor offers thoughts on strategy for next time.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 29, 2004 08:18 AM

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I respectfully disagree on the super-crazies designation. I have met a couple of the candidates and they do not appear to be crackpots or mentally deficient. But they also don't seem fully cognizant of the notion that forcing a Christian worldview and lifestyle on secular people is not necessarily the best way to win souls for the Kingdom of God.

I'm sure if they all sat down to think about it for a few minutes, they'd realize what was wrong.

Posted by: Chris Taylor at June 29, 2004 02:42 PM

I was being unkind with my super-crazies remark. Must have been in a testy mood yesterday morning.

Posted by: Flea at June 30, 2004 10:06 AM