Wowza. I think we need to start writing letters and making phone calls, people.
Right now in New Brunswick, a major party leader has done what no federal party leader has ever dared dream of doing: Made changing abortion regulations a central plank in a campaign platform.
But that’s just what Brian Gallant and the New Brunswick Liberals have done – and so far it appears to be doing his electoral prospects no harm.
Gallant has not only told voters that his entire caucus will vote pro-choice – a position similar to the one federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau surprised the country with earlier this summer – but he’s also said that if he upsets incumbent Progressive Conservative Premier David Alward on Sept. 22, he will actually act on those convictions.
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Meanwhile, the conservative opponents of Gallant and Trudeau – those to whom pro-life advocates in Canada look to champion their views and who they hope would legislate restrictions on abortion – are timid and weak in their opposition to the bold, moral certitude of Gallant, Trudeau and, it must be said, New Democrat leaders at both levels.
The best that both Alward’s Progressive Conservatives and Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been able to do is to point to inconsistencies in their opponents’ parties. Gallant, they note, will have pro-life Liberal MLAs in his caucus if he wins, just as Trudeau does right now.
Conservatives also like to mutter something about being proud that they would allow free votes on matters of conscience like abortion.