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86% of Conservative Party Incumbents Are Anti-Choice

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Media Release — For Immediate Release June 11, 2004

Most New Candidates Likely Anti-choice Too, Says Pro-Choice Group

VANCOUVER — At least 86% of all Conservative Party incumbents are publicly anti-choice on abortion, while only about 12% of Liberal Party incumbents are anti-choice, according to a pro-choice group in Vancouver.

"We checked the voting records of all MP's who voted in favour of last October's private member's motion M-83, which was an attempt to define abortions as not medically necessary," said Joyce Arthur, spokesperson for the Pro-Choice Action Network. The group also reviewed anti-abortion websites to determine which MP's attended anti-choice rallies or conferences, publicly spoke out in favour of anti-abortion measures, or gave anti-choice answers to past election questionnaires put out by the anti-abortion movement.

"It would be naïve to assume that most of the new candidates for the Conservative Party are also not anti-choice," noted Arthur. "This is the old Alliance Party in disguise, and it's still a harbour for right-wingers. Look at Russ Hiebert, the Conservative candidate for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale. In that riding, pro-choice Conservative incumbent Val Meredith was ousted by an organized group of Christian fundamentalists, who helped Hiebert win the nomination."

Arthur said it was "despicable" for Conservative MP Ontario's Cheryl Gallant to publicly compare abortion to Iraqi terrorists beheading an American prisoner. "But the Canadian public needs to know that this is not an abnormal view in the anti-abortion movement, and probably not the Conservative Party either," said Arthur. "Gallant was just unlucky enough to have her comment picked up by the media."

The Network is urging voters to find out where their candidates stand on the issue of abortion. "If you care about preserving women's equality and their right to control their own lives, it would be very unwise to vote for the Conservative Party," said Arthur.

(The following is a listing by name of all known anti-choice incumbent Members of Parliament, both Conservative and Liberal.)

List of Anti-Choice Incumbents

List of Anti-Choice Incumbents

Prepared by the Pro-Choice Action Network, June 10, 2004,

86% of current Conservative incumbents are anti-choice. Of 70 Conservative MPs, 60 have an anti-choice voting record, or have publicly spoken at or attended events organized by anti-choice groups, or have publicly stated they are "pro-life" or would support abortion only in limited circumstances.* (Perhaps 2 or 3 are pro-choice, the stance of the rest is uncertain or unknown.)

Conservative Party of Canada — Anti-choice Incumbents

  • Jim Abbott
  • Cheryl Gallant
  • Jim Pankiw
  • Diane Ablonczy
  • Peter Goldring
  • Charlie Penson
  • Rob Anders
  • Jim Gouk
  • James Rajotte
  • David L. Anderson
  • Gurmant Grewal
  • John Reynolds
  • Roy Bailey
  • Deborah Grey
  • Gerry Ritz
  • Rex Barnes
  • Art Hanger
  • Werner Schmidt
  • Leon Benoit
  • Richard Harris
  • Carol Skelton
  • Garry Breitkreuz
  • Loyola Hearn
  • Monte Solberg
  • Andy Burton
  • Jay Hill
  • Kevin Sorenson
  • Chuck Cadman
  • Grant Hill
  • Larry Spencer
  • Rick Casson
  • Howard Hilstrom
  • Darrel Stinson
  • David Chatters
  • Dale Johnston
  • Chuck Strahl
  • John Cummins
  • Jason Kenney
  • Greg Thompson
  • Stockwell Day
  • James Lunney
  • Myron Thompson
  • Norman Doyle
  • Philip Mayfield
  • Vic Toews
  • John Duncan
  • Grant McNally
  • Maurice Vellacott
  • Reed Elley
  • Rob Merrifield
  • Elsie Wayne
  • Ken Epp
  • Bob Mills
  • Randy White
  • Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Deepak Obhrai
  • John Williams
  • Paul Forseth
  • Brian Pallister
  • Lynne Yelich

Liberal Party — Anti-choice Incumbents

12% of current Liberal incumbents are anti-choice. Of 168 Liberal MPs, 20 have an anti-choice voting record, or have publicly spoken at or attended events organized by anti-choice groups, or have publicly stated they are "pro-life" or would support abortion only in limited circumstances.*

  • Raymond Bonin
  • Shawn Murphy
  • Guy St-Julien
  • Joe Comuzzi
  • Pat O'Brien
  • Paul Steckle
  • Mark Eyking
  • John O'Reilly
  • Paul Szabo
  • Clifford Lincoln
  • Janko Peric
  • Rose-Marie Ur
  • Lawrence MacAulay
  • Joe Peschisolido
  • Tom Wappel
  • Joe McGuire
  • Jerry Pickard
  • Bob Wood
  • Dan McTeague
  • Bob Speller
  • (Ghislain Lebel, Independent)

* According to these sources:


Pro-Choice Action Network, Vancouver, BC.
Tel: 604-736-2800

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