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OTTAWA, January 31, 2002 (LSN.ca) – What could have been a triumphant day of retirement today for a champion of the pre-eminent right to lifewas nothing more than a passing stage in the life of another career politician. Preston Manning leaves Parliament today with insiders suggesting he will soon be seen again in politics. While Manning had raised the hopes of Canadian social conservatives he was also a great disappointment, especially in his later years, as he swerved from principles he held so dear in his early political career.

Perhaps the high point of Preston Manning’s term as Leader of the Official Opposition, for those who treasure traditional life and family, came in October 1999. In a 90-minute speech in the House of Commons, Manning reaffirmed the Reform Party’s social conservative values including the “sanctity of life,” the “traditional family,”“religious liberty,” and he confronted Charter-spawned “judicial activism.” Regarding abortion, Manning told the government: “It might start at the beginning, if it had the moral nerve, by defining the rights of the unborn.”

However, Manning increasingly pushed moral conservatives to the back of the bus. In what came as a severe shock, Manning released a “blueprint for uniting the right” last August in which social conservative concerns were left off the map. “In my judgment, the ‘principled ground’ on which there is the best prospects for agreement and co-operation between Alliance and Conservative MPs at the present time is that defined by the principles of fiscal and democratic conservatism. Only after effective co-operation has been achieved on this ground should exploratory efforts be made to find common ground respecting certain principles of social and constitutional policy,” wrote Manning in the blueprint which drew fire from social conservative groups around the country.

Recently Manning again disappointed by supporting embryonic stem cell research, falsely calling it the “lesser of two evils.” Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition responded that there is “no such thing as a lesser of two evils when you are killing human beings, all you are left with is evil.”

See related LifeSite coverage:  MANNING RELEGATES SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES TO THE BACK OF THE BUS – AGAIN https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2001/aug/010815.html#1 MANNING SUPPORTS DESTRUCTIVE RESEARCH ON HUMAN EMBRYOS https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2001/sept/010904.html#1

See the CP report on Manning’s leaving (link valid today only):  https://www.canoe.ca/CNEWSPolitics0201/30_mann-cp.html

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