OTTAWA – About 70 percent of Canadians think Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau is mistaken in banning pro-life candidates from running in his party’s “open” nominations, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by CTV News.
The poll found that 7 in 10 Canadians believe “even as party leader, Justin Trudeau has no right to exclude potential candidates from running for the Liberal Party based on whether or not they are pro-choice.” Only 3 in 10 Canadians held that Trudeau as party leader “has the right to decide if he only wants pro-choice candidates to run for the Liberals in the next election.”
Twenty-seven percent of respondents said Mr. Trudeau’s abortion stance would make them less likely to vote for the federal Liberals and 22 percent said they were more likely to vote Liberal.
Campaign Life Coalition, the country’s leading pro-life organization focused on political activism, said its recently launched campaign to build “public outrage” against Mr. Trudeau’s abortion edict is “paying off.”
“The web campaign was covered by at least 4 different mainstream media outlets. It has helped intensify opposition to Justin’s discriminatory diktat,” it stated in a press release today.
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Last month Mr. Trudeau announced that candidates who oppose abortion are not welcome in Liberal ‘open’ nomination battles. Earlier this month he said that he will be “whipping the vote” in his party when it comes to what he called a “woman’s fundamental rights.”
The poll also showed that in the key battleground of Ontario, which has 106 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons, 31 percent of residents were less likely to support the Liberal Party as a result of Trudeau’s abortion stance. Nineteen percent said they were now more likely to support the Liberals.
Quebec and British Columbia saw small increases of support for the Liberal Party due to Mr. Trudeau’s stance.
The poll follows on the heels of a Forum Research poll two weeks ago that showed a 3 percent drop in support for both the Liberal Party and its leader.
Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff speculated at the time that the drop was due exclusively to Mr. Trudeau’s “restrictions on Liberal candidates with pro-life views.”