(a) Seeing their social conservatism, reinforces my a priori belief that social conservatives’ attempt to invite newcomers from non-Western, non-Christian cultures to join them in existing conservative parties is a non-starter, because (a) they will instead generally vote for their interests in terms of bringing more of their own kind over by supporting pro-immigration and particularly liberal and leftist parties that are guaranteed to keep the floodgates open, and (b) now they have a choice to vote for their own kind of parties like this one, which represent social conservatism coupled with their religious worldview as well; why would they bother to join forces with white, Christian social conservatives in pre-existing conservative parties?
(b) I see they reference the ‘dead letter’ portion of the Charter, the part that legal experts will tell you has no actual bearing on our laws; you know, the preamble recognizing that Canada is built on principles recognizing the supremacy of God and the rule of law. Kudos to them for doing so, taking it seriously. We should, too. We should actually do better and go back to the preamble in the Canadian Bill of Rights, 1960:
The Parliament of Canada, affirming that the Canadian Nation is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, the dignity and worth of the human person and the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions;
Affirming also that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law;
And being desirous of enshrining these principles and the human rights and fundamental freedoms derived from them, in a Bill of Rights which shall reflect the respect of Parliament for its constitutional authority and which shall ensure the protection of these rights and freedoms in Canada:
Therefore Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
And instead of it being a ‘dead letter’, it should carry the force of law just as much as all the rest of the Act does.
Why the hell not?