A few interesting quotes from the NDP (Layton and Blaikie in particular) from an article about the impact of faith upon Canadian politics.
"It is also important to remember that there is much common ground to be found and to be developed between the religious left and the religious right. A recent breakfast briefing for MPs, dealing with global poverty and sponsored by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, conveyed messages, analysis and policy positions that would not have sounded out of place at an event sponsored by the United Church of Canada, or for that matter the NDP."
"The challenge for Canadians who want to practise a politics that is faithful to their understanding of God, of their Scriptures and of their own faith tradition, is how to do this appropriately in the secular, pluralistic and multi-faith society that Canada has become. For Christians this is particularly challenging, because this needs to be done in a way that preserves the right of Christians to bring their values into the public square while respecting the fact that in a post-Christendom context no policy can be officially adopted or rejected for explicitly Christian reasons, as might have been the case in a previous era."
For a statement which addresses itself/assumes a leftist audience I'm impressed with the call to unity between Christians on both ends of the political sphere. I am also pleasantly surprised at the understanding of all things "post" (evangelical, christian, modern) the two communicate. Layton and Blaikie have either taken a crash-course on postmodernity and the "emerging" church from Brian McLaren himself OR they've actually spent some time with the gospels, history, and/or Bono (wink, nudge)...