OTTAWA, October 27, 2005 ( – A Conservative MP has discovered through documents obtained under Access to Information that Status of Women Canada has been funding anti-Christian bigotry and pro-abortion activism. However, in a startling exchange of correspondence, the Minister responsible for the funding neither offered to pull the funding nor to apologize to Christian Canadians for funding groups which defame them.

Writing to Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women Liza Frulla last month, Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott pointed out that the documents obtained through access to information requests revealed the government granted $27,400 last year to the BC Pro-Choice Action network (pro-CAN).Â

In his letter to the Minister, MP Vellacott notes:

Pro-CAN spokesperson Joyce Arthur uses derogatory labels to describe individuals who are pro-life, saying their opposition to abortion, “comes primarily from religious justifications for oppressing women” and a need to “maximize (the Catholic Church’s) membership levels to maintain their worldly influence and wealth.” Pro-CAN accuses pro-life Christians of being “religious fanatics” who do “little or nothing for children once they are born.” She says pro-life Christians are “anti-woman and anti-child,” have views which are “uninformed, sexist, cruel,” and lack the ability to empathize which “breeds intolerance, hate crimes, and war.” Ms. Arthur says that the pro-lifer’s attitude towards women is like “the slaveholder’s attitude to blacks, and the Nazi’s attitude to Jews.”

Vellacott suggested that the Minister withdraw funding from the group and apologize to Christian Canadians for funding such bigotry.“The government should be taking no part in spreading this sort of bigotry. Please ensure that any current funding to Pro-CAN ceases immediately and that no future taxpayer money be given to this group. And please have your department issue a public apology to all Christians and pro-life Canadians because of your department’s financial support of this hate mongering organization,” said Vellacott.

In a curt reply dated October 18, Minister Frulla says, “I appreciate being made aware of your concerns.” The Minister acknowledges that pro-CAN and the other pro-abortion activist groups mentioned in the letter by Vellacott, “did indeed receive funding under the women’s Program of Status of Women Canada.”Â

Frulla suggested she was well aware of the activities of pro-CAN, but found no objection to funding the anti-Christian group with public monies.“Each application is assessed according to a stringent set of objectives and criteria . . . Please be assured that the initiatives cited in your letter, which did indeed receive funding, met all of the above-mentioned objectives and eligibility criteria.”

Frulla concluded her response, “Please accept my best wishes for the challenges ahead.”

Express your concerns to the Prime Minister:
[email protected]
  or write or fax the Prime Minister’s office at:
  Office of the Prime Minister
  80 Wellington Street
  K1A 0A2
  Fax: 613-941-6900

To Liza Frulla
  House of Commons
  Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
  (613) 995-6403ÂÂÂ
[email protected]

  See page 1Âof Vellacott letter to Minister Frulla
  See page 2 of Vellacott letter
  See letter to Vellacott from Frulla