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List of Anti-Choice Members of Parliament - Current


By Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
 

October 2, 2012  *Revised February 9, 2015*


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

(Archived list prior to Motion 312 vote is here. Archived list prior to May 2011 election is here)

List 1: Totals of MPs who are anti-choice or pro-choice

MPs

Just before 2011 Election

Current
(as of Feb 3, 2015)

Total Anti-choice MPs

109 (36%)

112 (36.5%)

- Conservative Party

95 of 143 (66%)

106 of 162 (65%)

- Liberal Party

13 of 77 (17%)

4 of 36 (11%)

- Independent

1 of 2

1 of 7 (15%)

Total Pro-Choice MPs

148* (48.5%)

147* (48%)

Total MPs with unknown stance

48 (16%)

47 (15%)

Total MPs

305

306


* The estimate of pro-choice MPs includes Conservative and Liberal MPs with a public pro-choice position and/or pro-choice voting record, as well as all NDP (95), Bloc Quebecois (2), Force et Dιmocratie (2), and Green (2) MPs based on their voting records and the assumption they are pro-choice.


List 2: Known Anti-choice MPs

In the table below, some MPs have asterisks beside their name (also in red font). These MPs voted in favour of Bill C-484 or Bill C-510, or opposed the Order of Canada for Dr. Henry Morgentaler. Some may have voted against Motion 312, but otherwise have no other known public position on abortion. It’s possible they are not anti-choice and a few are actually pro-choice (as noted). They are not included in the total figures above, just in the list below. Further information can be found in the table footnotes. (Please email info@arcc-cdac.ca if you have additional information.

Anti-Choice
Members of Parliament

Designated Anti-Choice At/After
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)

Voted for Motion 312 (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservative Party of Canada

Diane Ablonczy

N

Harold Albrecht

Mike Allen

Dean Allison

Stella Ambler

—

—

—

Rona Ambrose

 

—

Rob Anders

David L. Anderson

Keith Ashfield

—

—

N

John Baird * (pro-choice)

 

No response

N

N

Leon Benoit

Candice Bergen

 

—

—

James Bezan

 

Steven Blaney *

 

Refused to say

N

N

Kelly Block

—

—

Ray Boughen


—

—

Garry Breitkreuz

Gordon Brown

Lois Brown

—

—

Patrick Brown

 

Rod Bruinooge

Paul Calandra

—

—

N

Blaine Calkins

 

Ronald Cannan

 

Refused to say

Colin Carrie

Michael Chong

 

—

N

Rob Clarke

 

—

—

Tony Clement *

 

—

N

N

Patricia Davidson

Barry Devolin

 

Richard Dykstra

N

N

Earl Dreeshen

 

 

 

 

Julian Fantino

 

 

 

 

Edward Fast

 √

Diane Finley *

 

Refused to say

N

N

Steven Fletcher *

 

—

N

N

Royal Galipeau

Cheryl Gallant

Shelly Glover **

 

—

—

N

Gary Goodyear

N

N

Jacques Gourde

—

N

N

Nina Grewal

Stephen Harper

 

N

N

Richard Harris

Laurie Hawn

 

N

Bryan Hayes

—

—

—

Russ Hiebert

Jim Hillyer

—

—

—

Randy Hoback

—

—

N

Roxanne James

 

 

 

 

Randy Kamp

Gerald Keddy *

 

—

N

N

Jason Kenney

Ed Komarnicki

Daryl Kramp

N

Mike Lake

 

Guy Lauzon

Denis Lebel *

 

—

N

N

Kellie Leitch

—

—

—

N

Pierre Lemieux

Wladyslaw Lizon

—

—

—

Ben Lobb

—

—

Tom Lukiwski

James Lunney

Peter MacKay

 

N

N

Dave MacKenzie

—

N

N

Colin Mayes

 

Phil McColeman

—

—

Cathy McLeod

—

—

N

N

Costas Menegakis

—

—

—

N

Larry Miller

 

James Moore

—

N

N

Rob Moore

Rob Nicholson

N

N

Rick Norlock

 

—

Deepak Obhrai

—

N

N

Tilly O’Neill-Gordon

—

—

Ted Opitz

 

 

 

 

Christian Paradis *

 

—

N

N

LaVar Payne

—

—

Pierre Poilievre  

Joe Preston

 

N

James Rajotte

Scott Reid  

—

N

Blake Richards

—

—

N

Gerry Ritz  

Andrew Scheer  

Absent

Gary Schellenberger *

 

Refused to say

N

N

Kyle Seeback

—

—

—

Gail Shea

 

—

—

Bev Shipley

Devinder Shory **

 

—

—

N

Joy Smith  

√  (paired, absent)

N

Kevin Sorenson  

Bruce Stanton

 

N

N

Brian Storseth

 

Mark Strahl

 

 

 

 

David Sweet

David Tilson *

 

—

N

N

Lawrence Toet

 

 

 

 

Bradley Trost  

Susan Truppe

—

—

—

N

Tim Uppal

—

—

N

David Van Kesteren

Peter Van Loan

 

Maurice Vellacott 

Mike Wallace

 

N

N

Mark Warawa

Chris Warkentin

 

Jeff Watson  

John Weston

 

—

—

Rodney Weston

—

—

John Williamson

—

—

—

Alice Wong

—

—

Stephen Woodworth

—

—

Lynne Yelich  

N

Terence Young

—

—

Bob Zimmer

 

 

 

 

Liberal Party

 

(Note: As of 2014, all Liberal Party MPs are required to vote pro-choice on any anti-choice bills/motions, so anti-choice MPs should no longer pose any threat.)

Wayne Easter ***
(pro-choice)

 

N

N

N

Kevin Lamoureux

 

—

—

Lawrence MacAuley

John McKay

 

Francis Scarpallegia

Refused to say

N

N

Independent

 

Brent Rathgeber





 Massimo Pacetti **** (pro-choice)

N
N

*
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 is 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. 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 (except for Liberal MP Wayne Easter, who is pro-choice).

**** Massimo Pacetti was previously listed as anti-choice, but he gave a strong pro-choice speech at the Sept. 21, 2012 Parliamentary debate on Motion 312.

Column 1 — Anti-choice MPs were listed during or after 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.

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. (Note: Wayne Easter is pro-choice, as shown by his recent comment on the PEI abortion access situation.)

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 and Sukh Dhaliwal.)

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 of the Conservative caucus (and 10 Liberals).

Column 5 - Whether the MP voted in favour of Motion 312 on Sept 26, 2012 (for a Parliamentary committee to examine whether fetuses should be defined as human beings). 91 MPs voted in favour, including 10 Cabinet members, against Harper's orders. They have all been designated as anti-choice, as all were made well aware of the threat to women's rights posed by the motion. MPs who voted No are not necessarily pro-choice - many were complying with Harper's instruction to vote No, or were voting according to their constituents' wishes. These MPs should not be considered a threat to abortion rights, despite their personal views.


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