Lynne Scime

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Lynne Scime (b. 1934) is a Hamilton, Ontario-area far-right activist in Canada and perennial candidate. Scime is currently the president of the Family Coalition Party of Ontario.

Activism[edit]

Scime rose to prominence as the national president of REAL Women in 1987. Winning election after then-president Gwen Landolt stepped down, Scime indicated the group would push to obtain federal funding for projects related to opposing abortion. In an interview after her election as president, Scime noted that, "People have been victimized by the radical feminist movement because its cut-and-dry emphasis on getting jobs is not for everyone. We would like to look at issues such as how a woman can pick a husband to fulfil all her needs."[1]

After being re-elected president in 1988, Scime immediately resigned, citing displeasure with the board of directors elected to serve alongside her. Scime's resignation followed a tumultuous year in the organization, during which there were irregularities regarding finances and a controversial move of REAL Women's offices from Toronto to Hamilton. Scime's breakaway group, Family Forum, was founded soon after.[2]

Scime and Landolt battled publicly in national media, with the founder accusing Scime of affiliating the group with the Christian Heritage Party and overemphasizing Biblical-values while Scime spoke out against the organization's move to the political left, a move she claimed was supported by Landolt.[3]

In 1992, she became active with a Hamilton-area organization that opposed pornography called Canadians For Positive Community Standards.[4] The group had limited success in lobbying municipal politicians to impose restrictions on the sale of pornographic movies and picketing 'Adults Only' film stores.[5]

Recently, Scime has been a vocal opponent of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board's equity policy and has spoken out against LGBT rights. Commenting on the issue, she indicated that it was a mistake, "to ask children to celebrate a culture obsessed with destructive behaviour."[6]

Scime represents the Hamilton-Wentworth Family Action Council on the Hamilton-Wentworth Sexual Health Network, promoting socially conservative views[7] Scime is also a member of People for Alternative Christian Education, supporting public funding for Christian education in the public school system.[8]

Politics[edit]

Scime was an early candidate of the Family Coalition Party of Ontario, seeking election in the riding of Hamilton West in 1990. In 1995, Scime was again the FCP candidate in Hamilton West. In her Spectator profile, Scime described her low-budget campaign as fighting for small government and 'traditional family values'.[9]

She sought the seat unsuccessfully again in 1999, placing fifth out of seven candidates.[10]

During the 2007 provincial election, Scime used her debate time to attack the sexual revolution of the 1960s and declared that Ontarians had embraced a 'culture of death'.[11] She would place fifth out of six candidates.

Electoral record[edit]

Hamilton Centre - Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Andrea Horwath 17,182 44.6
Liberal Steve Ruddick 11,042 28.7
Progressive Conservative Chris Robertson 5,711 14.8
Green Peter Ormond 3,703 9.6
Family Coalition Lynne Scime 553 1.4
Communist Bob Mann 316 0.8
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Marsales 15,600 39.97 +10.82
New Democratic Roy Adams 13,468 34.5 -3.34
Progressive Conservative Doug Brown 8,185 20.97 -8.73
Family Coalition Lynne Scime 750 1.92 +0.94
Green Jo Pavlov 727 1.86
Independent Jamila Ghaddar 303 0.78
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic David Christopherson 15,625 37.84
Progressive Conservative Lillian Ross 12,261 29.7
Liberal Frank D'Amico 12,037 29.15
Green Phyllis Mccoll 495 1.2
Family Coalition Lynne Scime 403 0.98
Independent Wendell Fields 236 0.57
Natural Law Rita Rassenberg 231 0.56
Ontario general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Lillian Ross 13,191
Liberal Helen Wilson 9,255
New Democratic Richard Allen 9,212
Family Coalition Lynne Scime 934
Natural Law Rita Rassenberg 284
Libertarian Hans Wienhold 185
Ontario general election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Richard Allen 18,516
Liberal Helen Wilson 7,207
Progressive Conservative David Cairnie 4,339
Family Coalition Lynne Scime 2,358
Libertarian Hans Wienhold 345


References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexandra Radkewycz, "New president confident of funds REAL Women here to stay, official says," Globe and Mail, February 16, 1987.
  2. ^ Catherine Dunphy, "REAL Women suffer a real split," Toronto Star, February 22, 1988, pp. C1.
  3. ^ Catherine Dunphy, "REAL Women faction split not weakness group says," Toronto Star, February 26, 1988, pp. B1.
  4. ^ Jim Holt, "Anti-porn group applauds report slamming TV violence," Hamilton Spectator, May 28, 1992, pp. A3.
  5. ^ Andrew Dreschel, "Porn Patrol," Hamilton Spectator, June 6, 1992, pp. D1
  6. ^ Lynne Scime, "Ignoring the facts unfortunately will not change them," Dundas Star News, July 15, 2010.
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  9. ^ Jim Poling, "Profile: Hamilton West," Hamilton Spectator, May 24, 1995, pp. D2.
  10. ^ "Election Ontario," Hamilton Spectator, June 4, 1999, pp. C8.
  11. ^ Daniel Nolan, "Robertson tells voters be leery of Grits' record," September 24, 2007, pp. A04.