EDMONTON - With pro-life activists marching on the Alberta Legislature Thursday, Edmonton’s Catholic archbishop voiced “outrage” over federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s recent take on the issue.
“I would speak first of all as a citizen of the country and it angers me,” said Most Rev. Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton’s Catholic Church.
“This is an outrage for a man who hopes to be Prime Minister some day, to stand up on the eve of a day when thousands of people are coming out to speak in favour of the vulnerable, to speak in favour of the protection of life in the womb, to come out and slap them all in the face. I just find that absolutely outrageous.”
Smith was referring to an announcement Trudeau made Wednesday saying all Liberal candidates in the 2015 federal election will have to support the party’s pro-choice stance on abortion.
Smith referred to Trudeau’s comments as “dictatorial” and contrary to fundamental human rights.
Le Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) is a national liberation movement that was founded in 1963. Its goal was to achieve Quebec independence by resorting to terrorism, if necessary. After several bombing attempts, particularly in 1968 and 1969, the FLQ orchestrated the abduction of British diplomat, James Richard Cross, on October 5, 1970, and of provincial minister, Pierre Laporte, later on October 10. Meanwhile, negotiations were being held with Robert Bourassa's Quebec government, and the FLQ's manifesto was broadcast on CBC radio on October 8. Faced with an impasse in the negotiations, the Quebec government demanded the help of the army on October 15 to assist the Montreal police in their efforts. The following day, the federal government, led by Pierre-Éliott Trudeau, proclaimed the War Measures Act. As a result, civil rights were curtailed and Canadian Armed Forces occupied several Quebec cities. Pierre Laporte was assassinated the next day, on October 17. Between 450 and 500 people were subsequently arrested, without warrant. The majority of the people were artists, unionists, intellectuals and individuals who supported Quebec nationalism. The crisis finally came to an end in December. James Richard Cross was released on December 3 in exchange for a safe-conduct to Cuba for Marc Carbonneau and the other abductors. On December 28, Paul Rose and his accomplices were arrested for the murder of Pierre Laporte.
CONSTITUTION ACT, 1982
CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:
Guarantee of Rights and Freedoms
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;Ironically, the Charter, which the British Parliament formally enacted as a part of the Canada Act 1982 at the request of the Parliament of Canada in 1982, was the result of the efforts of the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The Charter has been watered down, emptied of most of its force for good by activist judges more concerned about the preservation of equality, a noble concept indeed, that has been repurposed to mean anything the powerful want it to mean. A praxis of relativism in law and politics is another large part of the Trudeau legacy to Canadians. Is it any wonder, then, that Trudeau made his pro-abortion announcement to coincide with pro-life rallies around the country?
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.