The team of scholars behind Vote Compass gave Canada's five political parties the opportunity to take part in the process to ensure the parties' policies lined up with the way Vote Compass interprets respondents' answers.

All five parties had the chance to answer the Vote Compass questionnaire for themselves, and were given the opportunity to challenge the assessments before the "final codes" went in. about moral values

Here are the party positions on three questions in the Vote Compass questionnaire, and what was behind those answers. Over the coming days, CBC News will look at each of the 10 Vote Compass issue areas.

1) The government should make it easier for a woman to get an abortion

  • Strongly agree
  • Somewhat agree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Somewhat disagree
  • Strongly disagree
  • Don't know

New Democratic Party — Strongly agree

We will re-affirm women’s rights to safe, accessible abortion services.

[p. 18]

Source:Giving Your Family a Break: Practical First Steps (April 2011)

New Democrats believe in [...] Guaranteeing that abortion is a fully funded, universally accessible medical procedure, and protecting the personal safety of physicians, personnel and patients at abortion clinics.

Source: Strengthening Human Rights and the Canadian Identity

Green Party — Neither agree nor disagree

Green Party MPs will [...] Oppose any possible government move to diminish the right of a woman to a safe, legal abortion. We fully support a woman's right to choose. We will also expand programs in reproductive rights and education to avoid unwanted pregnancies, and expand supports for low-income mothers. [p. 76]   Source: Women's equality (January 2011)

Bloc Québécois — Somewhat agree

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Le Bloc Québécois est favorable au libre choix en matière d'avortement et a toujours défendu celui-ci contre les attaques incessantes du gouvernement conservateur, dont les projets de loi C-484 et C-510. En outre, le Bloc Québécois a vivement condamné la décision du gouvernement conservateur d'exclure l'aide à l'avortement de sa politique de santé maternelle en coopération internationale. Cependant, l'accès à l'avortement relève du gouvernement du Québec et le gouvernement fédéral ne doit pas s'immiscer dans les politiques québécoises de santé publique.

Source : Communiqué (22 juin 2010)

Conservative Party  — Somewhat disagree

On issues of moral conscience, such as abortion, the definition of marriage, and euthanasia, the Conservative Party acknowledges the diversity of deeply-held personal convictions among individual party members and the right of Members of Parliament to adopt positions in consultation with their constituents and to vote freely. [p. 3]

[...]

A Conservative Government will not initiate or support any legislation to regulate abortion. [p. 19]

Source: Conservative Party of Canada 2008 Policy Declaration (November 15, 2008)

Liberal Party — Somewhat agree

We believe in a woman's right to choose and that reproductive rights are human rights. We believe that all Canadian women, regardless of where they reside, should have equal access to safe medical services relating to contraception and reproduction.   Source: Correspondence (March 17, 2011)

2) Marriage should only be between a man and a woman

  • Strongly agree
  • Somewhat agree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Somewhat disagree
  • Strongly disagree
  • Don't know

New Democratic Party — Strongly disagree

New Democrats believe in: Halting any rollback of achieved rights, including spousal benefits and same-sex marriage.

Source: Strengthening Human Rights and the Canadian Identity

Green Party — Strongly disagree

In 1996 the Green Party of Canada became the first federal party to officially support the inclusion of same-sex couples in civil marriage, and we are pleased that this issue is now settled. [p. 79]   Source:Vision Green 2011:  Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered rights

Bloc Québécois — Somewhat disagree

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Le Bloc Québécois est favorable au mariage entre conjoints de même sexe et défendra, si besoin est, ce droit face au gouvernement conservateur.

Source : Mariage gai : Le Parlement dit OUI (juin 2005)

Conservative Party  — Strongly agree

The Conservative Party believes that Parliament, through a free vote, and not the courts should determine the definition of marriage. The Conservative Party supports the freedom of religious organizations to determine their own practices with respect to marriage.

[...]

  A Conservative Government will support legislation defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.   Source: Conservative Party of Canada 2008 Declaration (November 15, 2008)

Liberal Party —Strongly disagree

Today marks a historic day in Canadian history and a proud and distinguishing moment for the Liberal Party of Canada. Five years ago today, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize marriage between persons of the same sex.   On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, today we reaffirm our belief that defending the rights of all people — not just those of the majority — is at the very soul of what it means to be a Canadian.   Source: Statement by the Liberal Party on the Fifth Anniversary of the Civil Marriage Act (July 20, 2010)

3) If they so wish, terminally ill patients should be able to end their own lives with medical assistance

  • Strongly agree
  • Somewhat agree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Somewhat disagree
  • Strongly disagree
  • Don't know

New Democratic Party — Neither agree nor disagree

No party policy.

Source: Correspondence (March 7, 2011)

Green Party — Somewhat agree

Green Party MPs will

[...] Guarantee the right to draw up a "living will" that gives the power to limit or refuse medical intervention and treatment so the person has the choice of dying with dignity. [p. 66]

Source:Vision Green:  Seniors (April 2011)

Bloc Québécois — Somewhat agree

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Nous avons déposé un projet de loi afin d'aider une personne majeure qui éprouve des douleurs physiques aigües sans perspective de soulagement ou qui est atteinte d'une maladie en phase terminale à mourir dignement quand elle y consent de façon libre et éclairée.

Source : Communiqué (16 juin 2005)

Conservative Party  — Neither agree nor disagree

On issues of moral conscience, such as abortion, the definition of marriage, and euthanasia, the Conservative Party acknowledges the diversity of deeply-held personal convictions among individual party members and the right of Members of Parliament to adopt positions in consultation with their constituents and to vote freely. [p.2]   Source: Conservative Party 2008 Policy Declaration (November 15, 2008)

Liberal Party — Neither agree nor disagree

The Liberal Party has no plans to change any laws relating to end of life issues. We believe that proper end of life care is essential to allowing Canadians to die with dignity.

Source: Correspondence (March 18, 2011)