Justin Trudeau attributes abortion stance to father's example
Pierre Trudeau was 'extraordinary example' for defending people's rights, Liberal leader says
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he is following an example set by his famous father when it comes to his position on election candidates and abortion.
In an email to supporters Monday, Trudeau offered a "personal reflection" to anyone who has concerns about his decision to turn away new candidates who are unwilling to vote pro-choice on relevant Liberal legislation.
"I had an extraordinary example in a father who had deeply, deeply held personal views that were informed by the fact that he went to church every Sunday, read the Bible regularly to us, and raised us very religiously, as Catholics," Trudeau wrote.
"But at the same time my father had no problem legalizing divorce, decriminalizing homosexuality and moving in ways that recognized the basic rights of the people.'
'Must speak with one voice'
"He too held fast to his beliefs. But he also understood that as leaders, as political figures, and as representatives of a larger community, our utmost responsibility is to stand up for people's rights."
Trudeau says he shares his father's view of leadership in that regard.
- Anti-abortion candidates need not apply in 2015, Justin Trudeau says
- 3 things to know about abortion in Canada
- Stephen Harper takes shot at Justin Trudeau over abortion stance
"Canadians of all views are welcome within the Liberal Party of Canada. But under my leadership, incoming Liberal MPs will always vote in favour of a woman's fundamental rights," he wrote.
"When it comes to actively supporting women's rights, our party must speak with one voice."
Toronto's Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Thomas Collins, has written to Trudeau, urging him to allow candidates to be faithful to their conscience.
Trudeau says while he welcomes input from the prelate, his party is committed to the values laid out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Popular in News
1 3032 reading now Donald Trump is giving Americans exactly what they voted for: Neil Macdonald
- 2 1709 reading now Trump defends 'history and culture' of Confederate monuments
- 3 1115 reading now Where does the CIBC-PC Financial breakup leave consumers?
- 4 891 reading now No one should be surprised at Trump's thoughts about Charlottesville: Keith Boag
- 5 689 reading now Tearful reunion as Yazidi boy arrives in Winnipeg