The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada has been keeping tabs on the number of anti-choice MPs that are active, and this election has been good news. Their share of the parliament has dropped, from 36.5% to 18%. Strangely, seven of them are within the Liberal Party. This has been a problem…
Mr. Trudeau sowed confusion in early May when he laid out a staunchly pro-choice position for all new Liberal candidates in the next election, stating they all had to agree to vote in favour of a “woman’s right to choose” to run for the party.
Mr. Trudeau struggled at the time to clearly state what would happen to sitting MPs with an existing track record of voting against abortion. Mr. Trudeau said that “existing MPs … have been grandfathered in to a certain extent,” adding that “new MP and new candidates will be pro-choice.”
Long-time Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay said in a recent interview with The Guardian in Charlottetown that the party’s pro-choice policy did not apply to him. “I have done and voted the way that I wish to vote and will continue to do so,” the PEI MP said. However, Mr. MacAulay issued a statement on Wednesday morning to state that he would now adhere to the new policy.
We will make free votes in the House of Commons standard practice.
We will give Canadians a stronger voice in the House of Commons by limiting the circumstances in which Liberal Members of Parliament will be required to vote with Cabinet.
For members of the Liberal Caucus, all votes will be free votes with the exception of:
- those that implement the Liberal electoral platform;
- traditional confidence matters, like the budget; and
- those that address our shared values and the protections guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Truedeau considers abortion to be protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, true, but never underestimate the dishonesty of the anti-choice movement.