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List of Anti-Choice MPs - April 2011

By Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

April 3, 2011, updated April 23, 2011

*The list below is now archival. See the updated list after the May 2, 2011 election*

The first table shows totals of MPs who are anti-choice (from each party), pro-choice, or unknown - with comparisons just after the 2008 election and now.

The second, long table is a list of known anti-choice Members of Parliament as of April 20, 2011.
Conservatives  •  Liberals  •  Independents

Please email info@arcc-cdac.ca if you have additional information or any corrections for this list. Thank you!

MPs

Just after 2008 Election

Current (prior to 2011 election)

Total Anti-choice MPs

116 (38%)

109 (36%)

- Conservative Party

97 of 143 (68%)

95 of 143 (66%)

- Liberal Party

17 of 77 (22%)

13 of 77 (17%)

- Independent

2 of 2

1 of 2

Total Pro-Choice MPs

123* (40%)

148* (48.5%)

Total MPs with unknown stance

66 (22%)

48 (16%)

Total MPs

305

305


* This estimate includes Conservative and Liberal MPs with a public pro-choice position and/or pro-choice voting record, as well as all Bloc Quebecois (47) and NDP (36) MPs on their voting records and the assumption they are pro-choice.

Here is a separate list of Pro-choice MPs and those with an unknown stance on abortion. (This is a simple list of names and party affiliation, with no other details.)



In the table below, some MPs have asterisks beside their name. These MPs voted in favour of Bill C-484 or Bill C-510, or opposed the Order of Canada for Dr. Henry Morgentaler, but have no other known public position on abortion. It’s possible they are not anti-choice, so they are not included in the total figures above, but are included in the list below. (Please email info@arcc-cdac.ca if you have additional information.)

Anti-Choice
Members of Parliament

Designated Anti-Choice During
2011 Federal Election (1)

Opposed
Order of Canada
for Dr. M (2)

Voted for
Bill C-484 at Second Reading (3)

Voted for Bill C-510 at Second Reading (4)

 

 

 

 

 

Conservative Party of Canada

 

 

 

 

Jim Abbott

Diane Ablonczy

N

Harold Albrecht

Mike Allen

Dean Allison

Rona Ambrose

 

Rob Anders

David L. Anderson

Keith Ashfield

John Baird *

 

No response

N

Leon Benoit

James Bezan

 

Jean-Pierre Blackburn *

 

N

Steven Blaney *

 

Refused to say

N

Kelly Block

Ray Boughen **

 

Garry Breitkreuz

Gordon Brown

Lois Brown

Patrick Brown

 

Rod Bruinooge

Paul Calandra

Blaine Calkins

 

Ron Cannan

 

Refused to say

Colin Carrie

Rick Casson

Michael Chong *

 

N

Rob Clarke **

 

Tony Clement *

 

N

John Cummins

Patricia Davidson

Stockwell Day

Dean Del Mastro

Barry Devolin

 

Rick Dykstra

N

Edward Fast

 

Diane Finley *

 

Refused to say

N

Steven Fletcher *

 

N

Royal Galipeau

Cheryl Gallant

Shelly Glover **

 

Peter Goldring

Gary Goodyear

N

Jacques Gourde *

 

N

Nina Grewal

Stephen Harper

 

N

Richard Harris

Laurie Hawn

 

N

Russ Hiebert

Randy Hoback

Candice Hoeppner **

 

Brian Jean

Refused to say

Randy Kamp

Gerald Keddy *

 

N

Jason Kenney

Ed Komarnicki

Daryl Kramp

Michael Lake

 

Guy Lauzon

Denis Lebel *

 

N

Pierre Lemieux

Ben Lobb **

 

Tom Lukiwski

Gary Lunn

Refused to say

James Lunney

Peter MacKay

 

N

Dave MacKenzie *

 

N

Colin Mayes

 

Phil McColeman

Cathy McLeod

N

Ted Menzies

Refused to say

N

Rob Merrifield

Refused to say

Larry Miller

 

James Moore

N

Rob Moore

Rob Nicholson

N

Rick Norlock

 

Deepak Obhrai

N

Bev Oda *

 

N

Tilly O’Neill-Gordon

Christian Paradis *

 

N

LaVar Payne

Daniel Petit *

 

N

Pierre Poilievre  

Joe Preston

 

James Rajotte

Scott Reid  

Blake Richards

Lee Richardson  

N

Gerry Ritz  

Francis Scarpallegia *

 

Refused to say

N

Andrew Scheer  

Gary Schellenberger *

 

Refused to say

N

Gail Shea **

 

Bev Shipley 

Devinder Shory **

 

Joy Smith  

√  (paired, absent)

Kevin Sorenson  

Bruce Stanton

 

N

Brian Storseth

 

Chuck Strahl  

David Sweet

Greg Thompson  

David Tilson *

 

N

Vic Toews  

Bradley Trost  

Mervin Tweed

 

Tim Uppal

David Van Kesteren

Peter Van Loan

 

Maurice Vellacott 

Mike Wallace

 

N

Mark Warawa

Christopher Warkentin

 

Jeff Watson  

John Weston **

 

Rodney Weston

Alice Wong

Stephen Woodworth

Lynne Yelich  

Terence Young **

 

Liberal Party

 

 

 

 

John Cannis *

 

Rudy Dhalla **

 

Wayne Easter ***

 

N

N

Albina Guarnieri

Jim Karygiannis 

Kevin Lamoureux **

 

Derek Lee

 

N

Lawrence MacAuley

Gurbax Malhi

John McKay

 

Dan McTeague  

Shawn Murphy

N

Massimo Pacetti

 

N

Paul Szabo  

Alan Tonks  

Bryon Wilfert

 

  — 

Borys Wrzesnewskyi  



Independent

 

 

 

 

André Arthur

 

N

Helena Guergis * (Ind/Conservative)

 


 *  These MPs voted in favour of Bill C-484 but have no other known public position on abortion. They may be either anti-choice or pro-choice, so they are not included in the totals (top of page), just in the above long list (In particular, John Baird and John Cannis are probably pro-choice). (Please email info@arcc-cdac.ca if you have additional information.)

** These MPs voted in favour of Bill C-510 but have no other known public position on abortion. A few may in fact be pro-choice (such as Ruby Dhalla and Shelly Glover), and Ray Boughen, Ben Lobb, John Weston, and Terence Young are probably anti-choice. They are not included in the totals (top of page), just in the above long list. (Please email info@arcc-cdac.ca if you have additional information.)

*** These MPs were opposed to giving the Order of Canada to Dr. Henry Morgentaler, according to a survey done by Campaign Life Coalition, but have no other known public position on abortion.

Column 1Anti-choice MPs were listed during the 2011 election. Criteria: They had an anti-choice voting record, or had publicly spoken at or attended events organized by anti-choice groups, or had publicly stated they are "pro-life" or would support abortion only in limited circumstances. (Note: Several MPs on lists prior to 2011 (from 2004/06/08 elections) have been removed due to uncertainties in their stance, or because they have stated they are personally pro-life but would not vote to restrict abortion.)

Column 2 — Whether the MP publicly opposed the awarding of the Order of Canada to Dr. Henry Morgentaler, according to a survey conducted by Campaign Life Coalition.

Column 3 — Whether the MP voted in favour of Bill C-484 (“Unborn Victims of Crime Act”) at 2nd reading in Parliament on March 5, 2008. (Note: Some pro-choice MPs voted in favour of Bill C-484, including Peter Stoffer (NDP) and Liberal MP’s John Cannis, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Francis Scarpallegia.)

Column 4 — Whether the MP voted in favour of Bill C-510 (“coerced abortion") at 2nd reading in Parliament on December 15, 2010. Note: Harper whipped his Cabinet to vote against it, but 10 out of about 35 Cabinet members still voted in favour of it, as well as 77 of the rest.

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