People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier says his party is unafraid to bring the abortion debate front and centre in Canadian politics.
In an email to supporters, Bernier points out that Canada has no legal restriction on abortion and said members of parliament shouldn’t shy away from addressing this.
Bernier blasts “the leftist media and the pro-abortion activists” for maintaining the status quo.
MPs “should debate when and in what circumstances to start applying restrictions after the first trimester,” Bernier said, noting that elected officials should be able to freely vote on the issue.
In his email, Bernier outlines his opposition to sex-selective abortions and late-term abortions. The former Beauce MP cites a La Presse article from 2019 which revealed that taxpayers paid for 20 Quebec women to travel to clinics in the US to undergo late term abortions.
“If more than 20 late-term abortions with both the mother and child in good health are practiced in Quebec every year, there must be more than that in all of Canada,” Bernier writes.
“I find this abhorrent. It’s akin to allowing infanticide. Whether there are few or many is irrelevant anyway. A murder is a murder and it should be outlawed.”
Bernier also compared Canada’s lack of abortion laws to other countries.
“All other civilized countries—including all the ‘progressive’ countries of Europe—have laws determining when a fetus should be protected as a person, and when and in what circumstances abortion should therefore be restricted,” says Bernier.
“it’s time to join the civilized world. It’s time to stop listening to hysterical feminists who’ve hijacked this issue for too long. It’s time to break the taboo.”
Bernier’s email takes aim at the Conservative Party of Canada, claiming that it refuses to raise the issue of abortion because it is “too afraid” of the legacy media and pro-abortion activists.
After the overturning of Roe v Wade in the US, a number of Canadian politicians have publicly voiced their opposition to the decision.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to defend “abortion rights” in Canada and around the world, claiming that the overturn of Roe v Wade “is an attack on everyone’s freedoms and rights.”
Conservative Interim Leader Candice Bergen accused Trudeau of politicizing the abortion issue and said the Conservatives “will not introduce legislation or reopen the abortion debate.”
Haldimand–Norfolk MP Leslyn Lewis is the only avowed pro-life candidate seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.