We've been living in lalaland. With our increased immigration, religions are pouring into the country and we have zero ground to fight any of it. Canada has lost its status as 'one of the greatest'. Our government is extremely authoritarian (as again attested by this week's BC police looking to use image recognition technology to identify people in gatherings) and a majority of us Canadians are just big pushovers and never fight for anything. The corporate government is in complete control of Canadian brains. Yukon is in theory the least religious place in Canada, but everyone here is very 'religious', just not in church, they just do the 'spirituality' thing instead. Canada depresses me.
As for the atheist component... I don't think there are more in Canada than in the USA. In Yukon, our catholic schools have equal funding as the public schools, and practice hiring discrimination, for religion of course.
Canada's small numbers has precluded us from true competition in the communications field, and CBC used to have intellectual integrity. So english Canadians have mostly been fed only one moderate-liberal message for our modern lives. Now with increased access to right-wing lunacy, Canada's general levels of knowledge will more tightly align with the USA diaspora of available information, which in our lalaland world, will be even more dangerous, Canadians are not critical enough.
I can't speak for all of Canada but in Nova Scotia it appears religion is gradually fading away.Most churches are having difficulty maintaining operations and are relying on senior members for support.Forty years ago religious affiliation was a factor in a lot of things like hiring, etc but today it is more of a non-issue.I don't see religion being a big factor in government here either.It scares me to see the religious bullshit being put forth by the candidates in the US elections.
I think its the same across the country. In Manitoba we have lots of churches going or have gone belly up. Unfortunately there is only one religion thats growing,its the xtian mega churches.I went to one here ( for research on a article ) and there the bookstores sell the same crap message as what you hear from the republican candidates.
What worries me is The Harper gov and their $20 million office of religious freedom. If its anything like the american version , and signs are poiting that way, were in trouble.
Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: Under the supremacy of God... I've heard of a few individuals across the country who've considered launching a push to get that out of there... I'd participate in such a campaign.
i live in alberta. in one public school i know of the school starts the day with communal reciting of the lords prayer. in another school district public secular education is not available, just the catholic schools. (alberta is required constitutionally to offer catholic schools wherever requested). secular parents get nowhere trying to get answers on these issues.
also, the government gives tax dollars to private charter schools, most of them religious.
so an establishment clause of some type here would warm my heart.
sorry, didn't notice this was an old thread.
A thread is never old!
I much prefer ongoing long discussions than constantly starting new threads about things already discussed!
Alberta will get even funnier during the next term: A right-wing government, with an extremist-right-wing opposition. This ought to be hilarious! We won't need to talk about USA politics at all, we've got all the USA style right there in Alberta!!!
Wild Rose was beaten easily, but they did win the opposition. The whole media fiasco did raise questions about the misuse and misapplication of poling though, that may contribute somewhat to entertaining future discussions also :)
Wild Rose is but on extremist off-shoot of the Conservatives there. The conservatives were 'pushed' into becoming a little more 'progressive' in order to win over the libs! Boy oh boy, those words just sound dirty in the context of conservatism :(
I got the feeling Sun media was pushing for wildrose in a bigway.They hardley say boo about most prov elections but covered this one nationally