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Pulpit and Politics

Dennis Gruending is an Ottawa-based author, blogger and a former Member of Parliament. He has worked as a print and television journalist and a CBC Radio host. He is the author of six books, including the best-selling Great Canadian Speeches. He has written biographies of Emmett Hall, whose Royal Commission recommended medicare for Canada, and of former Saskatchewan premier Allan Blakeney. In his Pulpit and Politics blog, Dennis examines the connections and collisions between religious faith and politics. Prior to serving as an MP in the late 1990s, Dennis spent four years as Director of Information for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pulpit and Politics examines the connection, and frequent collisions, between religious faith and politics. His blog can be found at: www.dennisgruending.ca

Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 29
Image: Spence Mann
Dennis Gruending | Western premiers are demanding an end to the carbon tax, even though two-thirds of Canadian electors voted for parties that support it. Meanwhile, the climate justice movement takes to the streets.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 11
Climate strikers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | Some critics say anyone who uses fossil fuels is a hypocrite if they engage in climate activism. Such accusations are disingenuous and meant to shame and disable people.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 24
A 2016 forest fire at Fort McMurray destroyed much of the city and surrounding area and caused the evacuation of 88,000 people. Image: DarrenRD/Wikimedia Commons
Dennis Gruending | Climate change should be a major issue in the 2019 Canadian election but the Liberals are more interested in personalities and smear tactics.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 3
David Koch speaking at the 2015 Defending the American Dream Summit. Image: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons
Dennis Gruending | Through Koch Industries, U.S billionaire David and his brother Charles were major investors in Alberta's tar sands and long-standing backers of right-wing Canadian think-tanks.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics August 16
Michael Adams (on right) at 2019 Ottawa book event. Photo: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | Pollster Michael Adams' new book predicts that Trumpism and Brexit divisions are unlikely to sprout in Canada.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 4
MP Romeo Saganash at 2017 teach in on Bill C-262. Dennis Gruending photo.
Dennis Gruending | Conservative senators are obstructing Bill C-262, which would ensure that Canadian laws are consistent with UNDRIP, in hopes it will die when Parliament prorogues for the fall election.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 5
Murray Thomson. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Dennis Gruending | Revered Canadian peace activist Murray Thomson has died at age 96. Here is a post written at the time of his 90th birthday in 2012.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 14
Dennis Gruending | The United We Roll truck convoy was supposed to be about pipelines but it became as much or more about immigrants, refugees and the United Nations. How did that happen?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics March 25
St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Photo: Can Pac Swire/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | As Democrats look to Medicare-for-All and Canada as a model, attacks by some in the U.S. on our system will increase.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 21
Paul Dewar in 2019. Photo: Phillip Jeffrey/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | Former Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, who died of cancer in February 2019, was known to say that all religious faith is political.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 18
Andrew Scheer at truck convoy in Alberta on December 19, 2018. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | Those in the United We Roll truck convoy want pipelines now and hate a carbon tax. Here are some questions for them.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 7
Image: Rasande Tyskar/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | Tommy Douglas and others were populists who privileged the needs of ordinary people while leaders like Trump are wannabe demagogues.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 21
Jennifer Henry of KAIROS Canada. Photo by Dennis Gruending.
Dennis Gruending | The federal government has reinstated funding chopped in 2009 by the Harper regime for KAIROS Canada's Women of Courage program.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 13
Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada. Dennis Gruending photo.
Dennis Gruending | Alex Neve of Amnesty International says 2018 has been a difficult year for human rights but courageous activists will never give up.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 4
Tony Clarke on zero carbon emissions. Dennis Gruending photo.
Dennis Gruending | Respected activist Tony Clarke has a new book mapping out how Canada can get to net carbon emissions of zero by 2040.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 4
Martin Luther King' speaking during March on Washington,1963. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.
Dennis Gruending | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of history's great orators, was murdered 50 years ago, on April 4, 1968.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics March 9
Bill Morneau. Photo: International Monetary Fund/flickr
Dennis Gruending | The Liberals are promising pharmacare but not a universal program. Let's look to the wisdom of medicare founders T.C. Douglas and Emmett Hall on how to proceed.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 18
Martin Luther King's battle for racial justice can inform our reaction to the Gerald Stanley murder trial
Dennis Gruending | Indigenous and Black experiences of oppression are not equivalent, but we can learn from civil rights activism when fighting for justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 9
Many retail food sector jobs pay only minimum wage. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | The business lobby is using alarmist tactics to oppose a minimum wage hike in Ontario.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 14
Nuclear test in Nevada in 1953. Image: National Nuclear Security Administration/Wikimedia
Dennis Gruending | The Trudeau government claims to support abolition of nuclear weapons ban but voted against just such a treaty at the UN.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 27
Cars. Photo: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | The NAFTA negotiations are causing Canadian union and business lobbies to modify some long held positions.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 13
MP Romeo Saganash. Photo: United Steelworkers/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | The Canadian government promised it would implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. MP Romeo Saganash says do it now.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 23
Amanda Lindhout, former Canadian hostage in Somalia. Image: Art Babych
Dennis Gruending | Former hostages Joshua Boyle, Amanda Lindhout were reckless and endangered others.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 16
NDP leadership contender Guy Caron (left) at Ottawa event in August 2017.
Dennis Gruending | Some pundits have written off the NDP leadership race. Here's why they're wrong.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 4
Unions are good for individuals, communities and society at large.
Dennis Gruending | It's Labour Day this week and the message is that unions are good for individuals, for communities and for society at large.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 1
Sir John A Macdonald. Was he a founding father, a racist, or both? Some want his name removed from buildings. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | Sir John A. Macdonald: Was he a founding father, a racist, or both? Some want his name removed from buildings.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics August 25
Even after a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, white evangelical leaders continue to support Donald Trump.
Dennis Gruending | Even after Donald Trump's support for neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, white evangelical leaders continue to support him.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 30
Image: Flickr/European Parliament. Syrian refugee camp in Turkey.
Dennis Gruending | According to the United Nations there are 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world. Canada can do more to help.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 13
A large chunk of ice melts in Antarctic Peninsula, November 2014.
Dennis Gruending | The Trump administration has pulled the U.S. out of the historic agreement, but there is still much that Canadians can do.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 31
Participants in Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights.
Dennis Gruending | While participating in a pilgrimage in support of Indigenous rights we met a middle-aged settler who said it was his rights that need protecting. Really?

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