You might recall Archbishop Smith's objection to Justin Trudeau's despotic policy.
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, MAY 08, 2014 03:51 PM MDT | UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 08, 2014 04:33 PM MDT
EDMONTON [article source] - 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.
“Here we have a man who would like to be Prime Minister some day, dictating to party members that they must vote against fundamental human rights,” he said, referring to the right to life but extending that to the right to freedom of expression and freedom of conscience.
He added the very idea of making it party policy creates a practical problem as well.
“In effect, what they’re saying is, ‘There’s no choice but pro-choice.’ That’s a contradiction in itself,” Smith said.
Once they experience the consequences of Trudeau's anti-conscience policies, those Liberal Party parliamentarians who feel differently than their boss might surprise Justin and vote their consciences. When they do vote their conscience, they will likely have to consider crossing the floor of the House of Commons to join a party that respects individual member's freedom of conscience. Since the NDP has made it clear that they, too, reject freedom of conscience for MPs, any dissidents would likely have to leave the Red and Orange parties for a party that is true Blue.
The Liberals have promised change. We'll see soon enough what Justin Trudeau the conscience-denier means by "change".