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Christian Herald Prison Ministry Insert

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The March 2011 Christian Herald, distributed in Ontario’s GTA region, includes an insert which deals with solutions to Canadian prison issues, including restorative justice. My column “Transforming Canadian Prisons:Canadian Christian Heritage” highlights the work of three great Canadians who happened to be people of strong Christian faith –George Brown, John Diefenbaker, and Agnes McPhail –and puts the lie to the media and political myth that ‘the American style Christian Right’ or a tough on ‘crime agenda’ has anything to do with Evangelical (Protestant, Catholic or Anglican Canadian)  doctrine in Canada. The visions of Father of Confederation, George Brown,  Prime Minister Diefenbaker, and Canada’s first female Member of Parliament, Agnes McPhail were anything but ‘tough on crime’ or ‘eye for an eye. ‘ Their goals were restoration and merciful justice.