TORONTO, Jan 23, 2001 ( – Diane Francis, an influential columnist of the Financial Post, has once again demonstrated her liberal extremism in a recent article attacking Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. In her Jan 20 article, “The Alliance’s scary preacher has gotta go,” Francis, a competent commentator on many issues, sheds her cloak of moderacy by raving: “I don’t believe social conservatives should hold political power and influence. That’s because they are moral interventionists and totally out of sync with society, which is comprised of social liberals. I believe the social conservatives have a right to their beliefs and should form their own little political party to further them.”

Francis has a reputation of hateful intolerance regarding issues of abortion and religion. In June last year LifeSite reported on her comment that the “[pro-life] viewpoint is unacceptable to Canadians.” She dogmatically asserted that “any law that would force someone to have a child she did not want, or could not look after or have to put up for adoption, would be an act of state-sanctioned violence.” Francis’ views are also evident in her distaste for religion. In 1999 she used the Post as her mouth-piece to demand the government rescind the tax exemption held by churches. In arguing her case she said, “their members should support them and their causes or they should merge or disappear.”

To express your concerns about Francis write:  Editor-in-Chief, Financial Post Terance Corcoran [email protected] Diane Francis [email protected]

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