Another good piece by ex-NDP MP Dennis Gruending. He contests the notion that there is no Canadian counterpart to the U.S. movement, and sees
...growing cooperation among conservative Christians, particularly in evangelical and Catholic churches, based on a shared agenda anchored in opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion, publicly funded childcare and other social programs. Derek Rogusky heads the socially conservative Ottawa-based Institute of Marriage and the Family Canada. The group has been deeply involved in research, messaging and lobbying on a number of political issues, most notably the same sex marriage legislation. Rogusky says, “We’re seeing a real coalescing of between evangelicals and conservative Catholics. We’re starting to see them engage in issues much more than they did 10 years ago.
Other indications are "the expanding network of advocacy and lobby groups aimed at influencing public policy ", and increasing access to "the halls of power". His most controversial claim is that "the vote of evangelical Christians and Catholics who attend church weekly was a decisive factor in the election of a Conservative minority government".
Not terribly surprising, all in all, but a good thing to keep in mind if you're wondering why the Tories keep pushing micro-legislation like Bill C-484. This bill is an attempt to convey solidarity with religious right voters without being substantial enough to wake the mainstream from its slumber.
The paper on which Mr. Gruending's latest is based can be found here.