Pro-lifer Pierre Lemieux officially jumps into Conservative leadership race
OTTAWA, November 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Former Conservative MP Pierre Lemieux officially declared his candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada on Tuesday.
Lemieux, who represented the Ottawa-area rural riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell for three terms before losing in the Liberal sweep of October 2015, is endorsed by Campaign Life Coalition for his pro-life, pro-family record.
A 53-year-old Catholic father of five children and former member of the Armed Forces, the fluently bilingual Lemieux is running on the slogan: “Democracy. Family. Security,” and has launched a website (here).
His one-minute introduction video can be seen here.
Lemieux maintained a pristine pro-life voting record during his 10 years in the House of Commons, consistently participated at the annual March for Life and was a member of the parliamentary pro-life caucus.
In one notable instance, he referred to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and prayed in the House of Commons during debate on the Tory motion to reopen the issue of same-sex “marriage” some 10 years ago.
“We are pleased to support Pierre as he has a great track record as a former MP and we know him to be of good character,” Campaign Life vice president Jeff Gunnarson told LifeSiteNews. "He has a good grasp of the important issues that concern all Canadians and at the same time has compassion for the voiceless and vulnerable of our society. We encourage all our supporters to support him any way they can.”
Campaign Life Coalition also endorses Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost as a pro-life, pro-family candidate in the field of now 13 candidates.
Of the other candidates, Andrew Scheer, Michael Chong, Lisa Raitt, Erin O’Toole, Maxime Bernier, Kellie Leitch, Deepak Ophrai, Steven Blaney, and Trost are currently sitting MPs.
Contenders Andrew Saxton and Chris Alexander are, like Lemieux, former MPs, and Dan Lindsay is a Winnipeg doctor.
Candidates need $100,000 to continue to the May 27, 2017 leadership election.
A minimum of $25,000 of a $50,000 entry fee is required to enter the race and take part in the debates, and an additional $25,000 is needed for a copy of the membership list. Candidates must also pay a $50,000 refundable compliance deposit by December 31.
The next leadership debate is scheduled for December 6 in Moncton, New Brunswick, and will be bilingual.
Campaign Life Coalition urges supporters to get involved in the CPC leadership race to ensure a pro-life leader is elected. For more information on how to support Lemieux or Trost, go to the CLC website, here.