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Canadian Chinese Churches' Last-Minute Call for Christians to Vote

Canadian Chinese churches continued encouraging believers to vote on the very last day before the federal election, which conservative evangelicals consider a battle against the rising liberal movemen
( [email protected] ) Jan 23, 2006 03:38 PM EST

Canadian Chinese churches continued encouraging believers to vote on the very last day before the federal election, which conservative evangelicals consider a battle against the rising liberal movement in Canada.

The renowned Chinese Christian leader Rev. Thomas Wang was invited by the Toronto-based Chinese Christian charity Jubilee Center for Christian Social Action (JCCSA) to speak on a series of one-night seminar held on Jan. 20-21 at Logos Baptist Church in Mississauga Ontario and Milliken, Toronto, respectively.

With the theme of the seminar "Guarding the Nation, As Salt and Light," Wang has voiced his strong call to Christians in Canada to participate in the Monday’s ballot and to select the leader of the country wisely based on the Word of God.

A total of 500 Christians attended the two seminars. Some 1,000 also joined the Sunday Service, on which Rev. Wang delivered the sermon. In three different occasions, Wang’s speeches were centered on "God’s Creation and the Betrayal of Mankind." He sharply pointed out the lost of godliness in Western countries today as they start abandoning the traditional family values and morality. Wang and many other Chinese churches and leaders are outraged by the move of the Canadian government to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Chinese churches and believers should carry the responsibility to bring the Western countries back to God, Wang exhorted. He then urged the Canadian Chinese Christians to stay awake in the midst of the strong spiritual battle, to fulfill their civil responsibilities, and to vote with conscience.

This is the second major effort of Wang in collaboration with Chinese churches in Canada to mobilize Chinese Christians in Canada to battle against Canada’s liberal movement. The last series of seminar was held on Jan. 6-8 in three Chinese churches in Richmond, Vancouver and Port Moody, and have also drawn tremendous response.

Candidates’ platforms on a number of family and moral issues are going to be the most important factor that would determine the choice of Chinese Christian voters, who are mostly conservative evangelical, sources say.

In the election resources pack provided by JCCSA, a comparison chart shows the viewpoints of different political parties on same-sex marriage, abortion, child pornography, age of consent for sexual intercourse and among others. While the Conservative Party headed by Stephen Harper tend to have a pro-life and pro-family standpoint, the ruling Liberal Party has been trying to liberalize the laws aggressively.

Conservative leader Stephen Harper has been strongly attacked by the ruling Liberal Party throughout the election campaign. Prime Minister Paul Martin, according to the Associated Press (AP), calls Harper as an "extremist" closer to US conservatives who are unpopular in Canada, than mainstream Canadians. Moreover, the ruling Liberal Party appears confident to stave off defeat.

Yet, Harper has been portrayed by opinion polls as prime minister-in-waiting, according to AP. It is worth to note that Martin's government was toppled by a no-confidence vote in November.

"When we are in office, we will do everything in our power to make sure the kinds of scandal and corruption we see from this government is never allowed to occur again in this country," Harper told supporters Sunday in Windsor, Ontario, AP reported.

In case Harper becomes the winner in the election, it will end the 13 years of rule of the Liberal Party in Canada. According to CNN, official figures show some 22.7 million Canadians are registered to vote on Monday, across six time zones.

The participation of Chinese in the poll is shaded by their demand to the country's political leaders to apologize for a discriminatory head tax charged on Chinese immigrants from the 1880s to the 1920s. The Chinese were unsatisfied with the informal apology made by the Canadian Prime Minister. However, Chinese people are expected to be very influential in the ballot in some densely-populated regions such as Toronto and Vancouver.