Updated Oct 5, 7:00 p.m.
October 4, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Newfoundland/Labrador provincial election will take place this coming Tuesday October 9.
Campaign Life Coalition Newfoundland has been asking provincial election candidates to complete the CLC election questionnaire. See the questionnaire at http://campaignlifecoalition.com/elections/provincial/Newfoundland/2007questionn…
See Election Newfoundland/Labrador web page at http://www.elections.gov.nl.ca/elections/
Newfoundland’s pro-life voters are being urged by Campaign Life Coalition to place the life issue views of candidates as their highest priority during the election. CLC national organizer Mary Ellen Douglas stresses that candidates who say they are personally opposed to abortion but would allow it for others are considered pro-abortion. That is because the candidate has indicated that it is acceptable for others to make the choice to kill their unborn child.
Following are the results obtained to date as reported by Campaign Life Coalition:
Glendon Bungay (L) - Not pro-life on abortion (checked Yes to #2 with no explanation) but does oppose euthanasia and supports women’s right to know and conscience rights for health care workers. Does not support abortion defunding or parental right to withdraw children from school classes which offend moral principles.
Tom Rideout (PC) - acknowledged questionnaire - refused to respond
Tim Howse (NDP) - no response yet. Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
Roger Fitzgerald (PC) - acknowledged questionnaire- refused to respond
George Brake (L) - pro-abortion - in Oct. 7, 2007 email to constituent requesting his position on pro-life, Brake wrote, "I don’t support abortion but I do respect a woman’s right of choice."
Clyde Jackman (PC) (MHA) - sent email stating, "I believe that there may be circumstances that require medical intervention. Note I did not call it abortion. But as a matter of convenience I do not support such actions."
Julie Mitchel (NDP) - refused to respond. NDP policy is pro-abortion
CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH:
Terry French (PC) - pro-abortion - woman’s right to choose
Touria Tougui- (NDP) - no response. Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
CONCEPTION BAY EAST AND BELL ISLAND:
Dr. Linda Goodyear (L) - refused to respond
Dianne Whalen (PC) - acknowledged questionnaire- refused to respond
Gavin Will (NDP) - no response- Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
Jim Baker (PC) - acknowledged questionnaire- refused to respond
Karen Oldford (L) - acknowledged questionnaire- refused to respond
Darrel Benton (NDP) - no response- Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
MOUNT PEARL NORTH:
Steve Kent (PC) - pro-abortion- "ultimately women should have the right to make decisions affecting their bodies and health". Supports informed consent for women considering abortion.
Elaine Reid (L) - answered pro-life to 7 questions but would allow abortions for "rape, medical and child sexual abuse" ("medical" not defined.)
Janice Lockyer (NDP) - no response- Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
MOUNT PEARL SOUTH:
William Reid (L) - pro-life with exception for life of mother. Unclear answer to question on parental right to withdraw children from school classes that offend moral principles.
Tom McGinnis (NDP) - no response - Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
PORT DE GRAVE:
Roland Butler (L) - pro-life
Randy Dawe (NDP) - no response-Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
Wally Young (PC) - acknowledged questionnaire- refused to respond
Gary Noel (NDP) - no response. Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
ST. GEORGE’S - STEPHENVILLE EAST:
Joan Burke (PC) - acknowledged questionnaire- refused to respond
ST. JOHN’S CENTRE:
Lori-Ann Campbell-Martino (L) - pro-abortion (questionnaire received), but opposes euthanasia and supports promoting palliative care, abortion de-funding, mandatory informed consent for women considering abortion and conscience rights for health care workers
Jane Robinson (NDP) - no response.Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
ST. JOHN’S SOUTH
Tom Osbourne (PC) - refused to respond
Clyde Bridger (NDP) - no response. Official NDP policy is pro-abortion
Paul Oram (PC) - pro-life
Bill Cashin (NDP) - no response. Official NDP policy is pro-abortion