Rory Leishman

Against jurocracy

Rory Leishman: In a proposed judgment for the majority of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson, Justice Samuel Alito persuasively argued that the Court’s calamitous 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that struck down every state law restricting abortion was so completely and wrongly decided that it has no authority as a judicial precedent and should [...]

2022-06-01T14:23:07-04:00June 1, 2022|Abortion, Rory Leishman|

British report should prompt trans pause

Rory Leishman: On March 31, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson dealt a devastating blow to the predominance of transgender ideologues, by announcing that his Conservative government would not proceed with a promise to ban transgender conversion therapy. What can account for this abrupt about-face on a key policy issue by a government and prime minister that have hitherto sedulously courted the favour [...]

2022-05-20T12:00:53-04:00May 20, 2022|Politics, Rory Leishman, Society & Culture|

Pro-choice guilt

Rory Leishman: David French is senior editor of The Dispatch, an excellent, on-line, news magazine. He is also one of the most prominent pro-life lawyers and political commentators in the United States. In a recent address to conservative law students affiliated with The Federalist Society at Yale University, he recalled the hot reception he received upon arrival at The Harvard Law School [...]

2022-04-12T12:40:38-04:00April 12, 2022|Abortion, Rory Leishman|

C-4 threatens Charter rights

Rory Leishman: Then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau promised that the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms would enhance the constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms of Canadians. Instead, the opposite is true: Canadians today are demonstrably less free than they were 40 years ago. As evidence, consider the unprecedented, freedom-stifling provisions of Bill C-4, the notorious legislation adopted in December by Parliament with [...]

Will U.S. Supreme Court follow Scalia’s originalism

Rory Leishman Judging from the questions and comments during oral arguments in the Supreme Court of the United States on Dec. 1 in the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it seems likely, although far from certain, that the Court will finally decide in its ruling in Dobbs next June to reverse the calamitous judgment in Roe v. Wade [...]

2022-01-10T13:13:49-05:00January 10, 2022|Abortion, Rory Leishman|

Canada needs better palliative care

Rory Leishman As rising numbers of critically ill COVID-19 patients threatened to overwhelm Saskatchewan’s intensive care units (ICU) wards last October, the Saskatchewan government called upon the Canadian military to airlift 19 of the province’s ICU patients to hospitals in Ontario. This was not an isolated incident. Earlier in the pandemic, critically ill COVID patients in some regions of Ontario also had [...]

2021-12-07T10:35:49-05:00December 7, 2021|Euthanasia, Rory Leishman|

The pro-life case for vaccines

Rory Leishman In response to an alarming upsurge in severe Covid-19 cases, the government of New Brunswick declared a State of Emergency on Sept. 24 and followed up with a mandatory order that only patrons who are fully vaccinated or medically exempt from vaccination can engage in any non-essential indoor activities. Are such restrictive orders justifiable if necessary to prevent a rapid [...]

2021-11-09T10:12:09-05:00November 9, 2021|Rory Leishman|

Political immorality

Rory Leishman: Among the many disgraceful policies championed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his inglorious political career, one of the worst has been his insistence that a principled physician has no right in conscience to refuse to collaborate in the deliberate killing of a baby in the womb. During the federal election campaign, rights of conscience became the focus on August [...]

2021-10-04T08:00:02-04:00October 4, 2021|Politics, Rory Leishman|

The truth about residential schools

Rory Leishman:  What can account for the unprecedented outburst of anti-Christian rage in Canada that has fueled the incineration of 20 Christian churches and the defacing of dozens more with red and orange paint? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blames the Catholic and Protestant churches that operated Indian Residential Schools (IRS) on behalf of the government of Canada. In a statement on July [...]

2021-08-30T14:22:22-04:00August 30, 2021|Rory Leishman, Society & Culture|

Staying true to foundational creeds

Rory Leishman In a pastoral letter issued on May 1, the Archbishop of San Francisco, Cardinal Salvatore Cordileone, has spelled out with admirable clarity why no faithful Christian cleric should allow a politician who aids and abets in committing the evils of abortion to take part in Holy Communion. Having earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in [...]

2021-07-22T08:27:03-04:00July 22, 2021|Pro-Life, Religion, Rory Leishman|

Cardinal Cordileone’s leadership on Eucharistic Coherence

Rory Leishman In a pastoral letter issued on May 1, the Archbishop of San Francisco, Cardinal Salvatore Cordileone, has spelled out with admirable clarity why no faithful Christian cleric should allow a politician who aids and abets in committing the evils of abortion to take part in Holy Communion. Having earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in [...]

2021-06-15T15:11:37-04:00June 15, 2021|Abortion, Religion, Rory Leishman|

Failures of Universal Daycare

Rory Leishman In an attempt to justify their new, multi-billion dollar, “Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Plan,” the Trudeau Liberals maintain that infants and toddlers generally thrive better under the care and guidance of professional child-care workers than their own parents. Is that right? The Department of Finance claims: “Studies by Canadians Dr. Fraser Mustard and the Honourable Margaret McCain have [...]

2021-06-04T15:18:34-04:00June 4, 2021|Rory Leishman, Society & Culture|

Father of transgender child jailed

By Rory Leishman In a tragic case stemming from the gender-identity craze that has engulfed much of North America and Western Europe, the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled on March 19 that the father of a transgender child must remain in jail pending trial in April on charges of criminal contempt of court. In court documents, the father is designated C.D., his [...]

2021-05-18T10:48:57-04:00May 18, 2021|Rory Leishman, Society & Culture|

Parliament and the Court

During debate on Bill C-7—the Trudeau government’s new medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation—some members of Parliament argued that a majority of the Supreme Court of Canada would find that some provisions of the bill go too far in licensing physicians to kill patients, while other members contended that the Court would deem that those same provisions do not go far enough. [...]

2021-04-19T21:04:58-04:00April 19, 2021|Rory Leishman|

Religious leaders should speak clearly

By Rory Leishman In First Corinthians 14:9, Paul admonished the faithful to speak the truth plainly: “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound,” he observed, “who shall prepare himself for the battle?” Like Paul, José Gómez, Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is not given to making uncertain sounds about the [...]

2021-03-11T15:02:10-05:00March 11, 2021|Columnist, Rory Leishman|
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