The 2015 Canadian Federal Elections: a Moral Compass by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

October 16, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — One legal principle that is universally-recognized is that “the laws of man are based from the laws of God.”

This being so, I re-share here what Deacon Bob Rosales of the Archdiocese of Toronto already shared within several closed groups on Facebook to help guide in our choice on which political party to lead us in the next four years. I find, however, that the Guide would be of greater benefit sharing the same to a larger audience, hence, this repost.

You may find the GUIDE by pressing HERE.

The 2015 Federal Election Guide was prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Meanwhile, on my premise here that “the laws of man are based from the laws of God,” I need not establish the truth about the statement just cited. For purposes, however, of those who may want additional knowledge on legal history, the following may add to your understanding:

On Biblical passages, one may refer to Romans 13:1-14 ESV


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October 14, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — The federal elections in Canada are five days away. Are you still undecided on who to put at the House of Commons to represent you and your riding?

Most voters do not even understand how the leadership of the government is formed in Canada.

In Canada and other parliamentary systems of government elsewhere, such as in the United Kingdom Australia and New Zealand, the Prime Minister is not directly elected by voters. They are a Member of Parliament and voted to office by the constituency, or riding, that they sought office as the representative of such riding to the legislature. One who becomes a Prime Minister is usually the leader of a political party. They only become a Prime Minister if their party — either on its own, or as part of a coalition or by another arrangement, ends up forming the government, and on whom more than one half of the members of the legislature has reposed confidence in.

In Canada, the leader of the political party who wins the most of those seats after elections is then automatically installed as Prime Minister.

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‘In politics, there are no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies’

June 22, 2014

Scarborough, Ontario — I saw my longtime friend, as I usually do, in church today, Michelle Serrano, and told me that she’s running for the Nomination as MP (Member of Parliament) in the Riding of Scarborough Southwest in next year’s Federal Election.

For Torontonians, Michelle Serrano is a former colleague in the broadcast media here, and daughter of “forever” Ontario Liberal Party and Liberal Party of Canada supporter and community leader Monina Serrano.

With this in mind, as well as the nomination race as MP for Scarborough Centre, where (should I say, a friend, or acquaintance) Rafael Fabregas, is running, let us all bear in mind our own Filipino-Canadian community. Should these Filipino Canadians succeed, I am certain that their activities at the House of Commons will contribute to the benefit of Filipino-Canadians, Filipinos and the Philippines at large. After all, at the stages that they started before embarking on a journey to the level that they are aiming for, they always have had in mind, the Filipino Canadian community.

The Filipino Canadian community is just like any other. Each of us has our political ideology, partisan inclination and beliefs and so on. On the other hand, during the many years passing, the leadership in the Filipino Canadian community continually was calling for members of the community to run for public office. We have heard of this adage many times: “In politics, there are no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies”; and yes, even in the legislative assemblies of each country, the legislators say “hello” to one another!

Now that several have come forward for the upcoming local, and next years federal elections, cut the irreverence, friends, and just think of what these Filipino Canadian brains could do for the Filipino Canadian community.

Good luck, Michelle. Good luck, Raffy!

(Ace Alvarez)


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