A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

Pro-Lifers Need Not Apply

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Every now and then, I’ve considered joining a political party. While I have no plans to run for political office, sometimes I think it would be good to have a say in a party’s policies.

Today I learned that I’d better not look to the Liberal or New Democratic parties. With my pro-life views, I’d be completely unwelcome.

According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen, “Liberal candidates must be pro-choice,” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced that people “must make concrete commitments to be openly pro-choice in their positions and if they want to be a candidate in 2015.” Ditto for new party members.

Those lucky current Liberal Members of Parliament who hold pro-life beliefs will be allowed to vote as they choose. Which is apparently unacceptable to the NDP, whose leader, Thomas Mulcair, stated that, “In the NDP, no MP and nobody running to be an MP is going to hold a different position than the party position on a woman’s right to choose.”

I nearly choked on my breakfast.

How often we have heard comments about the way Conservative MPs must toe the party line? And yet some Tory MPs have introduced pro-life private member’s bills and voted in line with their pro-life beliefs. It seems that, for the Liberals and NDP, just holding these beliefs is unacceptable.

Surely these parties aren’t going out of their way to alienate people of faith and others who take a pro-life stance. Wouldn’t they want to encourage a wide range of Canadians to stand for public office?

march for life

2013 National March for Life in Ottawa

Perhaps those in power should take a look at Parliament Hill today as people gather from across Ontario and the Outaouais to take part in the National March for Life.

And note the other marches being held in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax and St. John’s today.

And in Winnipeg on Saturday, Saskatoon on Sunday, and Fredericton next Thursday.

Not to mention the one that happened in Regina on April 28th.

Maybe they’d see that many Canadians believe life begins at conception. And recognize that their views should also be represented in the House of Commons.

Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God.

~ s. 2319 of the Catechism

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