List of Anti-Choice MPs After October 2008 Election
By Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
November 15, 2008 *Last updated December 15, 2010*
The first table shows totals of MPs who are anti-choice (from each party), pro-choice, or unknown – with comparisons before and after the election.
The second, long table is a list of known anti-choice Members of Parliament after the October 2008 election.
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|MPs||Before 2008 Election||Current|
|Total Anti-choice MPs||123 (40%)||116 (38%)|
|– Conservative Party||95 of 127 (75%)||97 of 143 (68%)|
|– Liberal Party||26 of 95 (27%)||17 of 77 (22%)|
|– Independent||2||2 of 2|
|Total Pro-Choice MPs||125* (41%)||123* (40%)|
|Total MPs with unknown stance||56 (18%)||66 (22%)|
* This estimate includes Conservative and Liberal MPs with a public pro-choice position, as well as all Bloc Quebecois (47) and NDP (36) MPs on the assumption they are pro-choice.
In the table below,20 Conservative MPs have asterisks beside their name. These MPs voted in favour of Bill C-484 but have no other known public position on abortion, including no position on the Order of Canada award. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional information.)
Members of Parliament
|Designated Anti-Choice During|
2004, 2006, or 2008 Federal Election (1)
Order of Canada
for Dr. M (2)
Bill C-484 at Second Reading (3)
|Conservative Party of Canada|
|David L. Anderson||√||√||√|
|John Baird *||No response||√|
|Jean-Pierre Blackburn *||No response||√|
|Steven Blaney *||Refused to say||√|
|Ron Cannan *||Refused to say||√|
|Lawrence Cannon **|
|Michael Chong *||No response||√|
|Tony Clement *||No response||√|
|Dean Del Mastro||√||√||√|
|Diane Finley *||Refused to say||√|
|Jim Flaherty||√||No response||Absent|
|Steven Fletcher *||No response||√|
|Jacques Gourde *||No response||√|
|Jay Hill||√||No response||√|
|Brian Jean||√||Refused to say||√|
|Gerald Keddy *||No response||√|
|Denis Lebel *||No response||√|
|Gary Lunn||√||Refused to say||√|
|Dave MacKenzie *||No response||√|
|Ted Menzies||√||Refused to say||√|
|Rob Merrifield||√||Refused to say||√|
|James Moore||√||No response||√|
|Rick Norlock *||No response||√|
|Deepak Obhrai||√||No response||√|
|Bev Oda *||No response||√|
|Christian Paradis *||No response||√|
|Daniel Petit *||No response||√|
|Scott Reid||√||No response||√|
|Gary Schellenberger *||Refused to say||√|
|David Tilson *||No response||√|
|David Van Kesteren||√||√||√|
|Peter Van Loan||√||√|
|Mark Eyking||√||Refused to say||Absent|
|Gurbax Malhi||√||No response||√|
|Joe Volpe||√||Refused to say||Absent|
| Helena Guergis * (Ind/Conservative)||No response||√|
* These 20 Conservative MPs voted in favour of Bill C-484 but have no other known public position on abortion, including no position on the Order of Canada award. It’s possible they are not anti-choice, so they are not included in the totals (top of page), but they are included in the above list. (Please email email@example.com if you have additional information.)
** Conservative MP and Foreign Affaris Minister Lawrence Cannon claims to be pro-choice, but told the House of Commons foreign affairs committee on March 16, 2010, regarding Harper’s G8 initiative on maternal and child health, that “This [initiative] does not deal in any way, shape, or form with family planning. Indeed, the purpose of this is to be able to save lives.” Since all pro-choice people know that family planning is essential for saving countless lives of women and children, and since Mr. Cannon’s comment can only mean he is concerned about the lives of fetuses at the expense of women’s lives, Mr. Cannon is not pro-choice and we have added his name to the list of anti-choice MPs.
Column 1 — Anti-choice MPs were listed during the 2004, 2006, or 2008 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: Conservative MP Gordon O’Connor has been removed from the 2006 anti-choice list for voting against Bill C-484 and supporting Dr. M’s Order of Canada.
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.)
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