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List of Anti-Choice Members of Parliament - May 2011


By Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
 

May 14, 2011  *Revised September 16, 2012*

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

(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 Sept 16, 2012)

Total Anti-choice MPs

109 (36%)

106 (35%)

- Conservative Party

95 of 143 (66%)

100 of 163 (61%)

- Liberal Party

13 of 77 (17%)

5 of 35 (14%)

- Independent

1 of 2

1 of 2

Total Pro-Choice MPs

148* (48.5%)

145* (47.5%)

Total MPs with unknown stance

48 (16%)

54 (18%)

Total MPs

305

305


* The estimate of pro-choice MPs includes Conservative, Liberal, and Green MPs with a public pro-choice position and/or pro-choice voting record, as well as all NDP (100) and Bloc Quebecois (4) 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, but 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), so 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)

 

 

 

 

 

Conservative Party of Canada

Diane Ablonczy

N

Harold Albrecht

Mike Allen

Dean Allison

Stella Ambler

Rona Ambrose

 

Rob Anders

David L. Anderson

Keith Ashfield

John Baird * (pro-choice)

 

No response

N

Leon Benoit

James Bezan

 

Steven Blaney *

 

Refused to say

N

Kelly Block

Ray Boughen **

 

Garry Breitkreuz

Gordon Brown

Lois Brown

Patrick Brown

 

Rod Bruinooge

Paul Calandra

Blaine Calkins

 

Ronald Cannan

 

Refused to say

Colin Carrie

Michael Chong *
(pro-choice)

 

N

Rob Clarke **

 

Tony Clement *

 

N

Patricia Davidson

Dean Del Mastro

Barry Devolin

 

Richard Dykstra

N

Edward Fast

 √

Diane Finley *

 

Refused to say

N

Jim Flaherty

N

Steven Fletcher *

 

N

Royal Galipeau

Cheryl Gallant

Shelly Glover **

 

Gary Goodyear

N

Jacques Gourde

N

Nina Grewal

Stephen Harper

 

N

Richard Harris

Laurie Hawn

 

N

Bryan Hayes

Russ Hiebert

Jim Hillyer

Randy Hoback

Candice Hoeppner **

 

Brian Jean

Refused to say

Randy Kamp

Gerald Keddy *

 

N

Jason Kenney

Ed Komarnicki

Daryl Kramp

Mike Lake

 

Guy Lauzon

Denis Lebel *

 

N

Kellie Leitch

Pierre Lemieux

Wladyslaw Lizon

Ben Lobb

Tom Lukiwski

James Lunney

Peter MacKay

 

N

Dave MacKenzie

N

Colin Mayes

 

Phil McColeman

Cathy McLeod

N

Costas Menegakis

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

Tilly O’Neill-Gordon

Christian Paradis *

 

N

LaVar Payne

Pierre Poilievre  

Joe Preston

 

James Rajotte

Scott Reid  

Blake Richards

Gerry Ritz  

Andrew Scheer  

Gary Schellenberger *

 

Refused to say

N

Kyle Seeback

Gail Shea **

 

Bev Shipley 

Devinder Shory **

 

Joy Smith  

√  (paired, absent)

Kevin Sorenson  

Bruce Stanton

 

N

Brian Storseth

 

David Sweet

David Tilson *

 

N

Vic Toews  

Bradley Trost  

Susan Truppe

Mervin Tweed

 

Tim Uppal

David Van Kesteren

Peter Van Loan

 

Maurice Vellacott 

Mike Wallace

 

N

Mark Warawa

Chris Warkentin

 

Jeff Watson  

John Weston **

 

Rodney Weston

John Williamson

Alice Wong

Stephen Woodworth

Lynne Yelich  

Terence Young

Liberal Party

Wayne Easter ***
(pro-choice)

 

N

N

Jim Karygiannis 

Kevin Lamoureux **

 

Lawrence MacAuley

John McKay

 

Massimo Pacetti

 

N

Francis Scarpallegia

Refused to say

N

Independent Conservative

Peter Goldring


*
  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 Michael Chong are 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. One or two may in fact be pro-choice (such as Shelly Glover). 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).

Column 1Anti-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, 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 of the Conservative caucus (and 10 Liberals).
 


List 3: Probable Anti-choice MPs

Listings are based on voting record, anti-choice designation in previous elections, partial survey responses to Campaign Life Coalition, indicative public statements, and/or statements made to individual constituents. They are all Conservatives unless otherwise noted, and newly-elected MPs are in bold. These MPs are also included on the Unknown list.


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