Trudeau attacks Harper for having pro-life MPs in his party
MONTREAL, October 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Liberal leader Justin Trudeau used a section of Friday's leader’s debate about government policy on Muslim women wearing the niqab to attack Prime Minister Harper for having MPs in his caucus who are opposed to a mother killing their preborn child by abortion.
When Harper defended the Conservative government's ban on the wearing of the face veil while taking the Canadian citizenship oath as “encourag[ing] equality between men and women in Canada,” Trudeau went on the offensive.
"You have a lot of nerve to come here talking about Quebec values and defending women — you have more men in your caucus who are anti-abortion than there are women wearing the niqab in Quebec," Trudeau said.
Trudeau then demanded that Harper state clearly where he stands on the abortion issue.
"Since you're talking about personal values, are you going to tell us here, tonight, for the first time, whether you are pro-choice or pro-life?"
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But Harper deflected the question and turned the topic back to the niqab.
"My position for 10 years has been I don't intend to re-open this debate,” he said.
Both the Liberal and NDP parties force members to vote pro-abortion in all cases. Last year Trudeau stated that pro-lifers could not run as Liberal candidates in the party’s open nominations. He also stated that everyone in his party was expected to vote “pro-choice” if the matter ever arose in the House, even if they had voted in favour of life previously.
The Conservative party is the only mainstream political party in the country that still allows its members to vote their consciences on matters pertaining to life. However, the country’s pro-life leaders have criticized Harper for not only refusing to give justice to the pre-born, but for working against pro-life measures that have come up in the House.