New Campaign Targets Justin Trudeau’s Ban on Pro-Life Candidates

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 2, 2014   |   10:25AM   |   Washington, DC

Last month, Justin Trudeau said that if you’re pro-life, you can’t be a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada.

“I have made it clear that future candidates need to be completely understanding that they will be expected to vote pro-choice on any bills,” Trudeau said, according to Sun News.

JustinTrudeau2That comment had pro-life groups across Canada taking him to task and now a new campaign is targeting him.

“Since Justin Trudeau announced his policy to ban pro-life candidates from the Liberal Party and require MPs to vote in favor of abortion, he has been pummeled from all sides, including by Liberal MPs past and present. Six Catholic bishops (and counting) have denounced the policy and called for its repeal. Hundreds of newspaper columns, many from self-identified “pro-choice” journalists, have agreed it goes too far,” the Campaign Life Coalition announced. “Today, Canada’s largest pro-life group will launch a new website to further build public pressure until Trudeau repeals the policy:”

“Justin’s policy represents an assault on our fundamental freedoms, guaranteed by the Charter, namely freedom of conscience and religion. Without these freedoms, no other rights can remain secure”, said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition. “It’s astounding to behold Trudeau shredding the Charter – in the name of the Charter! We can’t allow our democratic rights to be stolen.”

“Whether Trudeau likes it or not, the Liberal Party has been a key democratic institution in which Canadians with diverse beliefs and opinions have always been able to participate. With this grassroots campaign, we hope to keep it that way”, said Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC’s National Organizer. “If Trudeau’s policy of intolerance is permitted to extinguish freedom of conscience, religion and expression in the Liberal Party, democracy will suffer for all Canadians.”

Social media campaigns will also be integrated to promote  CLC believes that voters have a right to choose which candidates they want to represent them in Ottawa, not party leaders. CLC works to elect pro-life individuals, regardless of party affiliation.

“It is ridiculous that Justin Trudeau continues to pontificate on abortion without having to justify his oft-repeated claim that any limitation on a woman’s right to choose to abort her child is inconsistent with the Charter. Mr. Trudeau is either completely ignorant of the law or acting in contempt of it,” says Mike Schouten of the pro-life group We Need a Law.

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“The Supreme Court’s 1988 Morgentaler decision, referred to ad nauseam by Trudeau, clearly states that it is Parliament’s responsibility to enact constitutionally sound laws protecting the rights of the fetus at some point during the pregnancy. Even Justice Bertha Wilson postulates that legal protection ought to begin somewhere in the second trimester,” Schouten explained. “In the Morgentaler decision, the court struck down the existing abortion legislation on a more technical constitutional ground, finding that it did not provide equal access to a defence in criminal law. The court fully understood that fetal rights needed to be protected, and they certainly did not anticipate the legal vacuum we have seen for the past twenty-five years. In no way did the Supreme Court justices ever establish a right for Canadian women to have unfettered access to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.”

“It is preposterous that an elected representative who desires to become Prime Minister consistently distorts historical and legal facts. It is time for Canadians and the media to challenge Trudeau, not only on his dictatorial approach to this issue, but also on his factual claims and his interpretation of the law,” he concluded.