(Editor’s note: A previous version of this story erroneously reported that the euthanasia resolution passed when it in fact it was not voted on. We regret the error.)
OTTAWA, Ontario, January 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Liberal Party of Canada decided at their recent convention to include abortion and marijuana as significant pieces of their rebuilding process.
Access to “legal abortion” became a “priority resolution” at the convention to be adopted as an official “Party policy.” The resolution “Reaffirming Women’s Right to Reproductive Health Services” put forward by National Women’s Liberal Commission was passed with 92% of the vote.
According to the resolution, since “legal abortion” as “guaranteed under the Canada Health Act” is an “integral part of women’s overall health care,” which some health institutions “refuse to perform” or outright “exclude” from their list of services, the Liberal Party of Canada will “urge the Government of Canada to enforce the provisions of the Canada Health Act to guarantee women’s access to timely and effective reproductive health services.”
The resolution also demands that the “Government of Canada financially penalize provinces that fail to abide by the provisions of the Canada Health Act” regarding reproductive services, including access to abortion.
A “leading resolution” to legalize pot was passed by 77% of delegates and put forward by the Young Liberals of Canada (British Columbia). The convention resolved that a new Liberal government will “legalize marijuana and ensure the regulation and taxation of its production, distribution, and use, while enacting strict penalties for illegal trafficking, illegal importation and exportation, and impaired driving.”
While proposing to decriminalize the use of the drug for non-therapeutic purposes, the resolution would also have a Liberal government “invest significant resources in prevention and education programs designed to promote awareness of the health risks and consequences of marijuana use and dependency, especially amongst youth.”
Another “leading resolution” put forward by the Young Liberals of Canada (Manitoba) proposed support for euthanasia, but did not make it to the floor for a vote. The resolution stated that the Liberal party of Canada believes that “chronically ill people have the right to decide when they pass away,” that “immediate family” has the right “to determine whether or not it is timely for a patient with a chronic illness to pass away,” and that “immediate family” has the right to “pursue the option of euthanasia.”
The Liberal Convention was held from January 13 to January 15, 2012.