MB Director for right-wing fundamentalist Christian organization acclaimed as PC canadiate in Radisson

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PrairieDemocrat15
MB Director for right-wing fundamentalist Christian organization acclaimed as PC canadiate in Radisson

James Teitsma was accliamed as the PC candidate for the provincial riding of Radisson. He is the Manitoba board member for a strange right-wing Christian group who's explicit purpose it to "bring a biblical perspective to our civil authorities."

http://arpacanada.ca/about-arpa/about-arpa

The group is against lots of the stuff you would expect - same sex marriage, secular education, abortion and birth control - but also has lots to say about "Aboriginals" and even argues workers' compensation goes against God's word! :http://arpacanada.ca/issuesresearch/laboureconomics/1750-socialized-work...

I sure hope he doesn't win.

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alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Embarrassing.

There was a time when people like that would be laughed at and ridiculed,now they're getting political power.

It's happened in the US,it was only a matter of time that far right christian fundie cancer found itself up North.

I can only hope that this lunatic doesn't get elected.

ghoris

The Tories' stupidity knows no bounds. Way to appeal to urban voters, guys. They *might* have been able to get away with this in some yellow-dog seat in the rural south, but it's pretty dumb to run this kind of candidate in a potentially winnable urban seat. They couldn't find *anyone* else to run?

genstrike

Actually, I think they're still getting laughed at and ridiculed.  Note that in the school trustee election, Candace Maxymowich, who made a big deal about nutty social conservative issues, was laughed at and ridiculed and came in dead last in a nearby ward.  Also, Radisson is a fairly safe riding for the NDP (though anything can happen if the NDP manages to do something dumb again to continue their PST death-spiral).

On the other hand, that mega-church is near or in Radisson... not sure what implications that has

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

I was wondering whether Candace Maxymowich won her bid for the school board. There is hope yet if she came in dead last.

6079_Smith_W

Actually, way to talk about rural voters, especially considering those right-wing mega churches are almost always located in cities, and bankrolled (like this organization) by more than a few of those city dwellers. That some of them might drive in from Oakbank? Well it is more urban than rural anyway.

Two of the most vocal right-wing religious Harperites on the federal scene - Maurice Vellacott and Brad Trost -  come not from some backwater, but ridings that are half-based here in Saskatoon. And their boss? Well you probably know who elected him.

And did Brandon or Dauphin give city funding to a church group for a youth centre? No, Winnipeg did, right across from Thunderbird House.

As for this constituency, it has almost always gone NDP, so the fact the provincial Tories nominate someone further out there than usual? Curious, but I'm not sad about them offering this choice.

 

 

 

Aristotleded24

6079_Smith_W wrote:
And did Brandon or Dauphin give city funding to a church group for a youth centre? No, Winnipeg did, right across from Thunderbird House.

Actually, a while back Brandon gave funding to YFC to do a housing project for young adults, but unlike what happened in Winnipeg, the Brandon chapter had been working with the local community and had a great deal of local buy-in for the project.

Not to take away from the rest of your point, however.

6079_Smith_W

I figured there might have been something like that somewhere along the line; thanks. But I haven't heard of a case as inappropriate as that one, and that location.

There have been elections where the few constituencies that can be counted on to go NDP are in the rural north.

The only thing city people have to crow about is good coffee, though it seems the rural areas are always held up as a bad example, even in a completely urban area.

 

Aristotleded24

6079_Smith_W wrote:
I figured there might have been something like that somewhere along the line; thanks. But I haven't heard of a case as inappropriate as that one, and that location.

Exactly. In principle, I have no issue with YFC wanting to set up shop anywhere, but the fact that it happened without public consultation and that it was receiving public money at a time when the city was cutting recreation and community centre services was quite problematic.

PrairieDemocrat15

The Tories came pretty close to winning this riding last time. I figured this was the most vunerable NDP riding in the northern half of Winnipeg, and was certain it would go blue if the NDP lost in 2016. Now I'm not so sure. Its like to PCs *want* the NDP to beat on them.