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Justin Trudeau says he would require Liberal MPs to support ‘right to choose’

The frontrunner for the Liberal leadership has strongly suggested he would whip his MPs to support the status quo on abortion.
Mon Apr 1, 2013 - 3:46 pm EST

OTTAWA, March 30, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Liberal leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau revealed on Friday that if he wins, he will force Liberal MPs to support the “right to choose.”

CBC’s Kady O’Malley asked each of the six candidates about the decision to declare Mark Warawa’s gendercide motion non-votable, and what level of freedom they would allow MPs for private members bills and public statements.

In a reply on Twitter, Trudeau said he is “committed to giving MPs more freedom to represent Canadians, but MPs would be required to support Canadians’ fundamental rights.”

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“For me, a woman's right to choose is a fundamental right,” he added.

Trudeau then pointed to his policy on “democratic reform,” which is available on his website.

In that policy he proposes to make the Liberals “one of the most democratic parties in the world,” and insists MPs will have the freedom to represent constituents’ views rather than those of the political class.

But in discussing party discipline, he indicates that Liberal MPs would be required to vote with Cabinet on bills “that speak to the shared values embodied in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

The Liberal Party has taken a strong pro-abortion position for decades. As the party’s leader, Pierre Trudeau oversaw the passage of the 1969 Omnibus bill that legalized abortion.

However, they have also produced some of the strongest pro-life MPs on Parliament Hill over the years, such as Tom Wappel, Pat O’Brien, and Paul Szabo.

The Liberals’ historic loss in the 2011 election saw the pro-life numbers in the party diminish, but still, in September, four members of the party voted in favour of Stephen Woodworth’s motion to consider the humanity of the unborn child: Jim Karygiannis (Scarborough—Agincourt), Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), Lawrence MacAulay (Cardigan), and John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood).

Trudeau’s commitment to the status quo of government-funded abortion-on-demand is well-established and many have labeled him an extremist on the issue.

In February of 2012, he went so far as to suggest that he would support the separation of Quebec if Canada moved to restrict abortion or same-sex “marriage”.

“I always say, if at a certain point, I believe that Canada was really the Canada of Stephen Harper – that we were going against abortion, and we were going against gay marriage, and we were going backwards in 10,000 different ways – maybe I would think about wanting to make Quebec a country,” he told Radio-Canada.

Those comments were seen as particularly egregious in light of his father’s legacy as a champion of Canadian federalism.

The vote for the Liberal leadership will take place April 14. Trudeau is expected to win easily.