Louis-Hebert Electoral District Association, QC
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
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1.1) What is the CHP in a nutshell?
Why should I even bother with Politics?
The CHP is Canada's only pro-Life federal political party, and the only federal party that endorses the Judeo-Christian principles enshrined in the Canadian Constitution: 'Canada was founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God' - capital 'G': the God of the Bible - 'and the rule of law.'
We're your neighbours, and we want the same things you want: safe communities, a strong economy, and a good future for our children and grandchildren. We come from all parts of the nation, and from all walks of life.
The CHP was not started because there were no Christians in the other parties - there are. However, party discipline in Ottawa is so restrictive that Christian members of Parliament in the major parties are not permitted to bring their deepest convictions into parliamentary debates: they are told by their caucuses what to say, and when. Therefore, we saw a great need for a national political party that would encourage Christians to put forward the Biblical perspectives upon which Canada - and indeed, western civilization itself - was founded.
Yes. There are no denominational tests for membership, and no church directs our efforts. CHP members include Anglicans, Baptists, Brethren, Catholics, Christian & Missionary Alliance, Mennonites, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Reformed - and probably many others: we don't keep track. From our various backgrounds, we come together to seek a consensus about the best way to apply proven Judeo-Christian principles of justice and compassion to Canada's contemporary public policy needs.
We invite you to work with us in this project: to help restore those principles - the very principles already enshrined in the Preamble to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada's Constitution - to a place of respect and pre-eminence in the public life of our nation.
Absolutely not! We're politicians, not evangelists. Our purpose is to place ourselves under the authority and guidance of the principles of the Gospel - principles like justice, honesty, compassion, diligence, thrift and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
The Secularist minority in Canada dominates four powerful institutions that shape all our lives: governments, courts, the public education establishment, and the major news and entertainment media. The best defence of the religious freedom and intellectual liberty of the minority faiths (which at 4% all together total only about 1/3 the 12% who are Secularists) is to make common cause with the 83% of Canadians who identify themselves as Christians (Statistics Canada 1991 census). We are thus a bulwark defending religious liberty - for everyone - against a militant Secularist juggernaut that seeks to exclude all faiths from the public square.
2) Questions more specific to the Louis-Hebert riding
2.1) Why should I even bother with Politics?
We just happen to have a little text that was specifically written to answer that question! Read "How Could The CHP Make A Breakthrough In Quebec?"
2.2) Why should I vote for the CHP?
Excellent question, which in fact contains several sub-questions.
First, remember voting is only a small part of your duty as a citizen. Your necessary political involvment requires far more than a little "X" on election day. Read "How should we participate in politics?"
Second, to know who to vote for, you must examine all political parties and politicians. You can find the web sites for all political parties in the Resources Specific to Canada and Quebec section.
Finally, a summary of the argument in favor of voting for the CHP, which to us seems the strongest, is on the home page of this web site.
2.3) You're against abortion. Are you sexist?
No, not at all. Read "A Reading List for Pro-Choicers" to see for yourself.
2.4) You're against "gay marriage". Are you homophobic?
No, we're not homophobic, we are Science-o-philic!
Read "A Reading List for Homosexuals" to see for yourself.
2.5) Are you confusing Politics and Religion?
2.6) Are you importing right-wing fundamentalism from the USA?
It depends on how you define "right-wing fundamentalism".
First, we're totally opposed to the bad things done by some American politicians who claim to be Christians. Read "Right-Wing Christians Against Bush's Sins" to see for yourself.
Second, we have a lot of respect for Reason, Logic and Science. See among others "Isn't believing in Science anti-scientific?"
Third, real scientists, before passing judgment on chimpanzees, make the effort to go live with them for months in the jungle. Have you made the effort of gabbing 10 minutes over a hot chocolat with these so-called "fundamentalists", before condemning them forever?
2.7) You often talk about abortion. Are you a single-issue party?
Come back after you've read our election platform.
2.8) What is the most urgent issue in your riding?
In could be argued that currently, the biggest threat in this riding is religious obscurantism
2.9) Isn't the CHP Membership Pledge discriminatory?
The CHP Membership Pledge could be improved, but it's also acceptable in its current form. See also "The CHP Pledge: Good Or Bad?"
2.10) Is the CHP Membership Pledge Anti-Catholic?
If the CHP Membership Pledge was used in a church instead of a political party, it would be unacceptable for a Catholic. On the other hand, as we speak, all available information indicates that the CHP is not anti-Catholic. See also "Is the CHP Membership Pledge Anti-Catholic?"
2.11) Why not support the Conservative Party, rather than the CHP?
The Conservative Party of Canada is currently pro-abortion, which is totally unacceptable for a Christian. See also "Supporting Stephen Harper Is Encouraging Abortion"
2.12) Do you agree perfectly with all the official policies of the CHP?
Come on! This is Politics! If people tell you there are no internal frictions inside their political party, they are just telling lies!
The "Quebec Wing" of the CHP agrees of course with the essential policies of the CHP. But, for example, we consider that the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church is an excellent presentation of our "political philosophy".
Moreover, we do tend to insist on the role of reason in politics. We also tend
to be more worried about climate change, and less worried about Israel. See