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Calgary General Election will be held on October 18, 2010.
"He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth."
Confederation, National Symbols and Emblems
Canada’s coat of arms, adopted in 1921, stands upon the Latin phrase “A Mari Usque Ad Mare,” which when translated means “from sea to sea” a reference to Psalms 72:8. The present design of the arms of Canada was drawn by Mrs. Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, Fraser Herald at the Canadian Heraldic Authority, office of the Governor General of Canada, and faithfully depicts the arms described in the words of the Royal Proclamation dated November 21, 1921. The present design was approved in 1994 and shows a ribbon behind the shield with the motto of the Order of Canada, “Desiderantes meliorem patriam” which translates “They desire a better country” which stems from Hebrews 11:16. This version replaces a former design drawn by Mr. Alan Beddoe.
Canada’s official motto “A Mari usque ad Mare” meaning “From sea to sea” is based on Psalms 72:8, “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” The first official use of this motto came in 1906 when it was engraved on the head of the mace of the Legislative Assembly of the new Province of Saskatchewan. The wording of the motto came to the attention of Sir Joseph Pope, then Under Secretary of State, who was impressed with its meaning. He later proposed it as motto for the new design of the coat of arms, which was approved by Order in Council on April 21, 1921 and by Royal Proclamation on November 21, 1921.
Before the fall of 1983, July 1 was called “Dominion Day” which was a recognition of the sovereignty of God. With only twelve Members of Parliament present, the private members bill that proposed changing “Dominion Day” to “Canada Day” was passed. The Canadian Parliament changed the name to “Canada Day” within five minutes and without debate. On October 27, 1982 with the granting of Royal Assent it became official.
In 1533, Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River to Montréal. To commemorate the founding of Montréal, Cartier wrote in his diary “…we all kneeled down in the company of the Indians and with our hands raised toward heaven yielded our thanks to God.”
The “Father of New France,” Samuel de Champlain, wrote in his diary about the natives, “…(the aborigines are) living without God and without religion…I thereupon concluded in my private judgement that I should be committing a great sin if I did not make it my business to devise some means of bringing them to the knowledge of God.”
In 1886, William Howland ran for Mayor of Toronto. During his campaign, Howland would urge voters, “Let us keep the city, a God-fearing city, and I would rather see it thus than the greatest and richest city in the continent”. He won and became Toronto’s 25th Mayor.
David Thompson, explorer and statesman, developed maps from his surveys between 1784 and 1812. Many of his maps are still being used today. Thompson’s words give the reason he endured the physical hardship of exploration “so that these physically impenetrable barriers may be traversed and the Gospel be spread.”
Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, Premier of New Brunswick and one of the Fathers of Confederation, rose each morning to start his day with prayer and Scripture reading. As the 33 fathers gathered in Charlottetown to discuss and draft the terms of the British North American Act, there are were many suggestions on what to call this new “United Canada.” That morning, as Tilley read from Psalm 72:8, he became so convinced that Canada should be a nation under God, that when he came down to the Conference session, he presented the inspired “Dominion of Canada.” The other Fathers readily agreed and accepted. Today, The following words hang in the corridor near the confederation Chamber in Province House: “In the hearts of the delegates who assembled in this room on September 1, 1864, was born the Dominion of Canada. Providence being their guide they builded better then they knew.”
Bishop John Strachan, a leader who helped form our public education system, stated that “the church must continue to play a central role in education. You cannot divorce religion from education because schools will inevitably reflect the philosophical and religious or (irreligious) biases of those who direct them.”
Egerton Ryerson, father of public education in Canada, wanted a “common patriotic ground of comprehensiveness and avowed (or maintain) Christian principles.” He wrote the textbook First Lessons in Christian Morals which was published in 1871. Ryerson clearly said that the Ontario school system was to be a “Christian public school system.”
Many of our greatest Canadian universities were founded as denominational seminaries to educate future church leaders:
-King’s College in Nova Scotia, now know as Dalhousie University, was founded by the Anglicans.
-Queen’s University, founded by the Roman Catholic Church, and Canada’s first bilingual University.
-McMaster University, was founded by the Baptists.
The Ontario Public School Act of 1896 stated that “It shall be the duty of every teacher of a public school to teach diligently and faithfully all of the subjects in the public school course of study; to maintain proper order and discipline in his pupils in his school; to encourage his pupils in the pursuit of learning; to include, by precept and example, respect for religion and the principles of Christian morality and the highest regard for truth, justice, love of country, humanity, benevolence, sobriety, industry, frugality, purity, temperance and all other virtues.”
In 1960, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights. It begins with, “The Parliament of Canada, affirming that the Canadian Nation is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God…” The Canadian Bill of Rights can be found .
In 1981, Pierre Elliott Trudeau signed his name to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter begins with, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of the law.” The Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be found .
Some of Alberta’s greatest leaders were Christians!
The Honourable William Aberhart (December 30, 1878 – May 23, 1943), also known as Bible Bill for his religious preaching, was a Canadian politician and Social Credit Premier of Alberta between 1935 and 1943. In 1918, Aberhart began a Bible study group in Calgary, Alberta which grew steadily year-by-year; by 1923, the Palace Theatre had to be rented to accommodate those interested in Aberhart’s message. In 1927, Aberhart was appointed Dean of the newly-founded Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute. The institute’s building served as a centre of worship, radio broadcast, and biblical studies. Aberhart’s Sunday broadcasts proved as popular as his Bible studies as they drew regular listeners across the Canadian mid-west, and some listeners in the northern United States.
In 1925, the Calgary Prophetic Bible Conference passed a motion to establish a Bible institute, which later was called the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute, and appointed William Aberhart as Dean. The same year, William Aberhart began broadcasting his Sunday afternoon lectures on the radio. These broadcasts eventually had a large listening audience in the Provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and the adjacent states of the U.S.A. Although he had not presented himself as a candidate at the 1935 provincial election, because he was Leader of the Social Credit Party, effective September 3, 1935, William Aberhart was appointed Premier of the Province of Alberta by Lieutenant-Governor William L. Walsh . On the same date, William Aberhart was also appointed Minister of Education. Subsequently, on November 3, 1935, a by-election was held in the electoral district of Okotoks-High River, and William Aberhart was elected by acclamation. On September 5, 1937, he was appointed Attorney General. Following the general election of 1940, he continued to serve as Premier, Attorney General, and Minister of Education, but represented the multi-Member electoral district of Calgary.
Ernest Charles Manning, PC, CC, AOE (September 20, 1908 – February 19, 1996), a Canadian politician, was the eighth Premier of Alberta between 1943 and 1968 for the Social Credit Party of Alberta. He served longer than any premier in the province’s history, and was the second longest serving provincial premier in Canadian history (only after George H. Murray of Nova Scotia). For a period of time, Manning was the longest continually serving democratically elected official in the world. He was also the only member of the Social Credit Party of Canada to ever sit in the Senate.
A devoted listener of the evangelistic radio broadcasts of future Premier William Aberhart, Manning enrolled in Aberhart’s Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute in 1927, becoming the first graduate of that institution.
In 1930, Ernest C. Manning began speaking on the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute’s radio broadcasts with William Aberhart. After the death of Premier William Aberhart in 1943, he continued these broadcasts on his own, and they were eventually broadcast on over ninety radio stations across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver, and had a large listening audience, a practice he kept up throughout his life even while in politics.
In the 1935 provincial election, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a Social Credit MLA from Calgary. That same year he became Alberta’s Provincial Secretary and Minister of Trade and Industry. In 1940, he switched seats and was elected from Edmonton.
Following the death of Premier William Aberhart on May 23, 1943, the Social Credit Caucus chose Ernest C. Manning to be Leader of their party and Premier. He was appointed Premier of Alberta effective May 31, 1943, by Lieutenant-Governor John C. Bowen . During his twenty-five year tenure as Premier, Ernest C. Manning also held various cabinet positions. From 1944 to 1954, he was Provincial Treasurer; from 1952 to 1962, he was Minister of Mines and Minerals; and from 1955 to 1968, he was Attorney General. During the years 1940 to 1968, he was reelected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta eight consecutive times. From 1940 to 1959, he represented the multi-Member electoral district of Edmonton, and from 1959 to 1968, he represented Strathcona East.
During Ernest C. Manning’s period of service as Premier, Alberta became Canada’s major oil-producing province following the discovery of the Leduc field in 1947 and the Redwater field in 1948. Education, health, and highways were priorities of Premier Manning’s Government. In 1947, it legislated free hospital and medical care for seniors and, in 1965, provincial civil servants were given the right to engage in collective bargaining.
Those are just few examples of people that loved Jesus with all their heart and where not ashamed of it in the place of authority… And what did they believed in?
They believed in the only God Jesus and His Gospel and they lived according to it… And what is the gospel?
King James Version
“For all have sinned, and come short to the glory of God.”
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
“But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.“
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”