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!

MPsJust after 2008 ElectionCurrent (prior to 2011 election)
Total Anti-choice MPs116 (38%)109 (36%)
– Conservative Party97 of 143 (68%)95 of 143 (66%)
– Liberal Party17 of 77 (22%)13 of 77 (17%)
– Independent2 of 21 of 2
Total Pro-Choice MPs123* (40%)148* (48.5%)
Total MPs with unknown stance66 (22%)48 (16%)
Total MPs305305

* 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 AblonczyN
Harold Albrecht
Mike Allen
Dean Allison
Rona Ambrose 
Rob Anders
David L. Anderson
Keith Ashfield
John Baird * No responseN
Leon Benoit
James Bezan 
Jean-Pierre Blackburn * N
Steven Blaney * Refused to sayN
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 DykstraN
Edward Fast 
Diane Finley * Refused to sayN
Steven Fletcher * N
Royal Galipeau
Cheryl Gallant
Shelly Glover ** 
Peter Goldring
Gary GoodyearN
Jacques Gourde * N
Nina Grewal
Stephen Harper N
Richard Harris
Laurie Hawn N
Russ Hiebert
Randy Hoback
Candice Hoeppner ** 
Brian JeanRefused 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 LunnRefused to say
James Lunney
Peter MacKay N
Dave MacKenzie * N
Colin Mayes 
Phil McColeman
Cathy McLeodN
Ted MenziesRefused to sayN
Rob MerrifieldRefused to say
Larry Miller 
James MooreN
Rob Moore
Rob NicholsonN
Rick Norlock 
Deepak ObhraiN
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 sayN
Andrew Scheer  
Gary Schellenberger * Refused to sayN
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 *** NN
Albina Guarnieri
Jim Karygiannis 
Kevin Lamoureux ** 
Derek Lee N
Lawrence MacAuley
Gurbax Malhi
John McKay 
Dan McTeague  
Shawn MurphyN
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 1 — Anti-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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