Finnish Christian Democrats: Preserve traditional values after next election

11-01-2023

Northern Europe

Lennart Nijenhuis, CNE.news

A general view of a meeting at the Parliament House in Helsinki. Photo EPA, Kimmo Brandt

Finland’s Christian Democrats (KD) would like to see traditional values preserved after this year’s elections.

Voting starts in March, but the elections are set to take place in early April, according to a report from KD-Lehti. Candidate lists for the parties will be released soon. The party plans to prioritise key issues including the budget, food security, and most of all, a return to its Christian heritage. After the Coronavirus pandemic in 2019, the country has suffered from a budget deficit, continued Russian aggression, and skyrocketing inflation rates. According to World Data, Finland’s inflation rate reached 9 percent in November. Energy prices have increased by 33 percent, and food is currently hovering around 16 percent higher than usual. Christian Democrat Chairman, Sari Essayah, says that restoring trust in Finnish society remains central to getting through the crisis.

Change

“That requires a change in the direction of the economy. In this season, promises have been made about services that have not been able to be fulfilled in any way: Different sets of criteria, metrics and deadlines have been tightened, but it has not been possible to allocate resources,” she said in the KD article.

In addition to addressing inflation, the KD said that food security and energy independence are also on tap for this year’s improvements. Essayah says that without its agriculture, the country will run out of food.

Biological reality

The party is also eyeing a rejection in its “trans law amendment,” as reported in another KD article. Currently, the national parliament is looking to make changes to its current transgender law, which requires a medical diagnosis before making a gender change. Under the new proposals, individuals can change their gender based on personal preference.

However, the Christian Democrats would like to see the proposals rejected, as gender should be defined as a biological reality, not based on “experience” or “declaration.” The party’s members have voiced concerns that it could be difficult to determine the authenticity of those individual experiences. The procedure could also open the doors to fraud if passed.

Support

As alternatives, the KD encourages the acknowledgement of the “diversity” and “richness” of an individual without a need for blurring the lines or destructive gender reassignments. In the case of children experiencing gender identity issues, help and acceptance are necessary in the support process.

“We want a society where men and women, girls and boys are equal and wonderfully different. We appeal to MPs from different parties to reject the poorly prepared and fundamentally unsustainable trans law reform,” KD Lohja region said in a written statement.

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