OTTAWA, January 21, 2002 ( – The four contenders for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance, currently the Official Opposition, have all declared themselves pro-life. While former leader Stockwell Day and Dr. Grant Hill were clear on their pro-life stands from the beginning of the race, both Stephen Harper and Diane Ablonczy claimed for the first time in interviews with Global television Sunday that they are “pro-life”.

Harper said abortion issues should be debated and decided in free votes in the house of Commons. However Ablonczy made it clear that abortion was a backburner issue for her saying Canadians are currently preoccupied with “higher priorities”, such as the economy and national security, rather than abortion.

Mary-Ellen Douglas of Campaign Life Coalition Canada told LifeSite, “Obviously life issues are very much on the minds of the media and the general public in this campaign as they should be. And we hope it will result in a leader who is willing to protect the unborn and the vulnerable.”

See the comments on Global reported in the National Post:


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