List of Anti-Choice Members of Parliament – May 2011

By Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

May 14, 2011  *Revised September 16, 2012*

  • List 1Totals of Members of Parliament (MPs) from each party who are anti-choice, pro-choice, or unknown – with comparisons just before the election on May 2, 2011 and now. 
  • List 2Known anti-choice MPs as of May 14, 2011. Conservatives  •  Liberals
  • List 3  Probable anti-choice MPs, but not enough information is available to be certain (these are also on the Unknown list).
  • List 4 (goes to different page) – Known Pro-choice MPs and those with an Unknown stance (names and party affiliation only).

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

MPsJust before 2011 ElectionCurrent
(as of Sept 16, 2012)
Total Anti-choice MPs109 (36%)106 (35%)
– Conservative Party95 of 143 (66%)100 of 163 (61%)
– Liberal Party13 of 77 (17%)5 of 35 (14%)
– Independent1 of 21 of 2
Total Pro-Choice MPs148* (48.5%)145* (47.5%)
Total MPs with unknown stance48 (16%)54 (18%)
Total MPs305305

* 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 AblonczyN
Harold Albrecht
Mike Allen
Dean Allison
Stella Ambler
Rona Ambrose 
Rob Anders
David L. Anderson
Keith Ashfield
John Baird * (pro-choice) No responseN
Leon Benoit
James Bezan 
Steven Blaney * Refused to sayN
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 DykstraN
Edward Fast √
Diane Finley * Refused to sayN
Jim FlahertyN
Steven Fletcher * N
Royal Galipeau
Cheryl Gallant
Shelly Glover ** 
Gary GoodyearN
Jacques GourdeN
Nina Grewal
Stephen Harper N
Richard Harris
Laurie Hawn N
Bryan Hayes
Russ Hiebert
Jim Hillyer
Randy Hoback
Candice Hoeppner ** 
Brian JeanRefused 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 MacKenzieN
Colin Mayes 
Phil McColeman
Cathy McLeodN
Costas Menegakis
Ted MenziesRefused to sayN
Rob MerrifieldRefused to say
Larry Miller 
James MooreN
Rob Moore
Rob NicholsonN
Rick Norlock 
Deepak ObhraiN
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 sayN
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)
 NN
Jim Karygiannis 
Kevin Lamoureux ** 
Lawrence MacAuley
John McKay 
Massimo Pacetti N
Francis ScarpallegiaRefused to sayN
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 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, 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.

  • Steven Blaney
  • Ray Boughen
  • John Carmichael
  • Tony Clement
  • Parm Gill
  • Ed Holder
  • Kevin Lamoureux (Liberal)
  • Ben Lobb
  • Lawrence Toet
  • John Weston
  • Terence Young

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