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Janet Epp Buckingham

Janet Epp Buckingham is a professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program focusing on leadership in public policy, business and communications. Read More ›

Articles by Janet Epp Buckingham
  • Yes, Let's Reopen the Debate on Lobbying Limits

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    “Who lobbies for the lobbyists? Should we credit the Association of Good People Who Just Want to Serve? People for the Ethical Treatment of Former Hill Staffers?” I won’t lobby for lobbyists. But I will take issue with Andrew Coyne, in the National Post last week, painting unfairly an important vocation.

  • Magna Carta versus Canadian Charter

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    An 800-year-old medieval document written in Latin began the process of protecting freedom by ensuring even sovereignty was subject to courts of law. Do Canada's courts now need a reigning in of their own?

  • Pointless Protests

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    I am a big proponent of experiential learning—I run an internship program, after all. But I do have some problems with the Dalhousie course on social activism that has organizing a protest as part of the curriculum.

  • New Justice, New Challenges?

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    So we are to have a new justice at the Supreme Court of Canada. Prime Minister Harper has clearly indicated that he is not happy with the choices available from Quebec courts so has named a justice directly from private legal practice. This is an unusual move and has not been done since Prime Minister Chrétien appointed Justice Binnie directly from the Toronto law firm McCarthy Tétrault in 1998.

  • Being a Christian in the World Today

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    It is dangerous to be a Christian in many parts of the world today, and it appears to be becoming more so. Not a day goes by that I don’t get a report about Christians being executed, facing imprisonment, or having to flee their homes in some part of the world.

  • PQ Lite

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    I could not be more disappointed with the Quebec Liberal Party. What political party wins an election and then adopts all the previous government's most offensive policies? The Parti Quebecois under Pauline Marois was roundly condemned for a bill purportedly legalizing euthanasia and for the so-called secular charter.

  • God: The Highest Good

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    "Does God have to be a being?"   This was a question posed at a recent CBC panel discussion titled "The Public God." The woman posing the question went on to explain that she thought of god as a form of goodness inherent in the universe. What an impoverished notion of God!

  • What's all the fuss about Trinity Western University?

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    "Not again!" That's all I could think when I started getting emails a few weeks ago that there was a new campaign against accreditation of TWU's law school. A group of us at Trinity Western started working in earnest on a proposal for a law school over five years ago. We visited American Christian law schools.

  • At Least Quebec Is Honest About It

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    "Separation of church and state" is an American concept, intended to protect the state from religious interference. It's not technically applicable in the Canadian context. But might it be time for religious institutions in this country to adopt the concept, for their own protection?

  • Buying Groceries in Egypt

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    The world's eyes are on Egypt. Mine are, too—even before the regime change from Hosni Mubarak, there was discrimination and sometimes violence against the minority Coptic Christian population. In July, however, I gained a new incentive for keeping a close eye on unfolding events: my niece moved to Cairo.

  • Hard-Won Religious Freedom

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    Can't begin to understand those who turn their backs on Canada to embrace the death cult of jihadi extremism,eg these 2 bit.ly/XswU8a — Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason) January 21, 2013 The prospect of having harboured terrorists can certainly take the wind out of your sails. With allegations from Algeria that Canadians were part of the band of Islamist militants who attacked a natural gas plant in Algeria, we find another welcome opportunity to check ourselves.

  • Competing Religions, Competing Rights, and a Court Getting it Right

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    It was another day of reckoning for religious Canadians. On a small stage, Paula Celani was back in court this morning fighting a fine for an "illegal" Catholic Mass in Montreal (first discussed here and here by my colleague Peter Stockland). But the spotlight, of course, was on the Supreme Court of Canada today, as it ruled on the touchy subject of court witnesses obscured by religious clothing.

  • A Smart Pre-Emptive Move

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    The flag is down at the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa. I know this because I work across the street. It has been an interesting week, watching this drama unfold. Last Friday, I was copied on the press release from Minister Baird's office that Iranian Embassy staff were being expelled. "Canada's position on the regime in Iran is well known.

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