TORONTO, December 19, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Every Canadian federal election, all candidates are faced with the decision of whether or not to complete and sign the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) questionnaire on “controversial” life and marriage issues. (See the 2005-6 CLC Federal Election Questionnaire online at https://campaignlifecoalition.com/elections/federal/2005/CLCquestionnaire2005.pdf)
It is a recurring struggle pitting candidates’ consciences and commitment to democratic openness against political advisers that often have no respect for their candidates’ personal principles. It is also something that CLC national leader Jim Hughes believes grassroots pro-life Canadians can greatly influence when they pursue the candidates about it.
In today’s Special Report we cover the issue of the CLC questionnaire. LifeSiteNews.com relates the national pro-life organization’s views on the importance of these questionnaires and its response to the reasons candidates often give for withholding their views on the life and family issues from voters.
The CLC National President has a lot to say about the organization’s usual struggle to convince candidates to simply give voters the opportunity to cast a fully informed vote.
Hughes explains that candidates are wrongly told that signing the CLC questionnaire will harm their election chances. For instance, he notes, “In the last federal election not a single pro-life MP lost their seat except for one who lost to another pro-life MP.”
The organization also emphasizes that candidates greatly underestimate the importance or responding to the questionnaire and that they frequently lose crucially needed extra votes by neglecting the questionnaire and the issues it covers.
The Lois Brown Vs Belinda Stronach saga is related as just one example of how a potentially supportable candidate can throw away a deciding vote margin by refusing to respond to the CLC questionnaire.
** See the complete LifeSiteNews.com Special Report:
Answers to Campaign Life Coalition Election Questionnaire Vital For Informed Voting