by Steven Ertelt
July 30, 2007
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — With almost 15,000 Canadians casting ballots, an abortion practitioner and a former prime minister who brought abortion to the nation were voted as the worst Canadians ever. This is the second survey where abortion has played a significant role after one showing ending abortion as the top political priority.
The Beaver, a history publication, sponsored the online poll, which found pro-abortion former prime minister Pierre Trudeau as the worst Canadian.
Some 15,000 people took part in the survey, which also had Canadians put abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler third in the top 10 list of worst Canadians in the country’s history.
In 1967, Canadian justice minister Pierre Trudeau presented a bill to legalize abortion and it became law in 1969. In January 1988, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled, on an appeal Morgentaler filed that Canada’s abortion law was unconstitutional. Abortion is now legal in Canada with no limitation on when to perform it.
Since then, Morgentaler has been embroiled in a lawsuit with the province of New Brunswick to force it to spend taxpayer dollars for abortions done at his center.
This is the second poll in recent weeks showing the strength of Canada’s pro-life community.
Earlier this month, the CBC saw more than 16,000 people respond to its Great Canadian Wishlist. The media outlet got a rude shock when it conducted an experiment on the popular community web site Facebook and found that the number one desire of Canadians was to end abortion.
With 9,543 supporters, the number one wish was to "Abolish abortion in Canada."
Jim Hughes, the president of the Campaign Life Coalition, one of the leading pro-life groups in the country, said he was pleased by the results but not surprised.
"This should come as no surprise to anyone," he said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.
"We have always noted and the polls have confirmed that the majority of Canadians want protection for the unborn child," Hughes explained. "This poll of sorts by the CBC and Facebook only confirms what we have been saying all along."
There were 105,154 abortions performed in Canada in 2002, according to Statistics Canada.