The Editor: An Ipsos exit poll from the 2011 federal election revealed that Christians were more likely to vote Conservative. It seems that pro-life and “rejection of the culture of death,” as various evangelical papers put it, is the main issue for many devout Christians.
Canada has no legal restrictions against abortion. Pro-choice is the status quo. A portion of the pro-life community has attacked Trudeau for his pro-choice stance and his barring of Liberals from running unless they vote against all anti-abortion bills; but, is it really a fair criticism? Insofar as other parties are concerned, the NDP have the same restriction and the Conservatives allow MPs to vote their conscience. So it would seem the pro-life contingents should vote for Harper.
Well, this is not the case.
Abortion is not an issue this election. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives do not want to open the debate on abortion. In fact, Harper has said: “As long as I'm prime minister we are not reopening the abortion debate.” This means he will go along with the status quo. Abortion is clearly not an issue in this election; not one party is going to do anything to prevent abortion.
For those attacking Trudeau, I ask: Do you really think that Trudeau's being pro-choice is a reason to vote against him? The easy answer again is no. Abortion, for all intents and purposes, has been removed from debate in Canada. Harper has even quashed efforts of Conservative MPs who tried to introduce anti-abortion legislation.
Agenda setting is something the party in power has much more power over than the opposition parties. Harper has been successful in making the economy, oil, and pipelines part of the debate; however, he has not even tried to make pro-life or even limited restriction of abortion issues enter the debate. Harper and his Conservatives are more guilty than the Liberals and NDP, who at least are up front about their views.
The Conservative stance is flimsy and siding with the status quo is tantamount to being pro-choice itself. — Derek Cameron, political science student, Regina