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Conservative MP Vellacott digs up old Pierre Trudeau quote to oppose Justin Trudeau’s political stance on abortion today

Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott has distributed a 1972 statement on abortion by Pierre Trudeau in an attempt to argue the late former prime minister would oppose the political position of his son, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who is requiring all Liberal election candidates and re-elected MPs to support a woman’s right to choose in any future Commons vote on abortion law.

By TIM NAUMETZ

The Hill Times

PARLIAMENT HILL—Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott has distributed a 1972 statement on abortion by Pierre Trudeau in an attempt to argue the late former prime minister would oppose the political position of his son, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who is requiring all Liberal election candidates and re-elected MPs to support a woman’s right to choose in any future Commons vote on abortion law.

Mr. Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, Sask.) distributed a copy of a newspaper clip highlighting the devoutly religious former prime minister’s view that a woman should have to explain why she wanted an abortion—even though Mr. Trudeau, as the Liberal government’s justice minister in 1968, had introduced sweeping changes to the Criminal Code that included legalization of abortion for the first time since it had been made a criminal offence as Canada’s first laws were being established in 1869.

The new law Mr. Trudeau introduced in 1968, passed by Parliament after he became prime minister and requiring that a woman would first have to receive approval for an abortion from a three-member abortion review committee in a hospital, was later struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada—as a contravention of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that Mr. Trudeau and his government had included in a new Constitution of Canada Act in 1982.

Mr. Vellacott, one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) most vocal anti-abortion MPs and who announced last year he would not be running for re-election, circulated Mr. Trudeau’s 1972 quotation on Thursday, the day after Justin Trudeau had to clarify a position that will require all Liberal MPs, re-elected incumbents or new MPs after the next election, to follow Liberal party free-choice policy in any Commons vote on abortion.

Following an earlier statement that all election nomination candidates would have to agree to vote with party policy on the right to choose, at least one incumbent seeking re-election, Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay (Cardigan, P.E.I.), believed he was grandfathered from the new policy as a sitting MP.

“I think you will find this quote from Pierre Trudeau very interesting in light of his son’s adamant and unequivocal support for a woman’s right to abortion on demand,” Mr. Vellacott’s statement said, overstating the access to abortion procedures women may request, in those Canadian hospitals that have abortion clinics, or private clinics.

“Pierre Trudeau disagrees with son, Justin, on abortion,” says a headline in Mr. Vellacott’s missive, above a clipping of a 1972 Montreal Star article on Pierre Trudeau’s abortion views, and the law he introduced.

The quotation is from a Montreal Star column that quoted Mr. Trudeau’s comments, during the federal election campaign that year, to women in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., who were protesting his new law’s requirement for prior permission from hospital abortion committees.

At the time, wealthier women or families were still travelling to the U.S. to obtain abortions, without having to go through committee screenings in hospitals.

“You would have to convince me that a person who asks for an abortion has no responsibility at all,” the Montreal Star article quotes Mr. Trudeau as saying. The report said he was responding to the protestors by stating his “private attitude.”

Mr. Vellacott’s statement included the newspaper clipping with that opening sentence from Mr. Trudeau, but Mr. Vellacott did not include the sentence in an extract of the remainder of Mr. Trudeau’s comment Mr. Vellacott included separately on the first page of his email.

“You know, at some point you are killing life in the fetus in self-defence, of what, of the mother’s health, or her happiness, or of her social rights or her privilege as a human being?” Mr. Trudeau went on to say.

“I think she should have to answer for it and explain. Now, whether it should be to three doctors, or one doctor, or to a priest or a bishop or to her mother-in-law is a question you might want to argue, you do have a right over your own body, it is your body. But the fetus is not your body; it’s someone else’s body, and if you kill it, you’ll have to explain,” Mr. Trudeau said.

Justin Trudeau, following Conservative attacks over his requirement that Liberal election candidates would have to be willing to follow party policy in House of Commons votes on abortion, released a letter explaining his position on freedom of choice, which also included a reference to Pierre Trudeau’s introduction, as a government minister, of a law legalizing abortion, despite his regular attendance at a Roman Catholic church.

A 2009 volume of a biography of Trudeau, written by former Liberal MP John English, a history professor, says Mr. Trudeau later had “profound reservations” about many of the social changes his landmark overhaul of criminal law had sparked, and shared them in confessions with his priest. But he believed the reforms “were essential,” including changes that legalized homosexual relations.

“In his view, they provided legal recognition of a diverse and modern society where individuals bore responsibility for their own decisions and the state stayed out of the bedrooms of the nation,” says the biography by Mr. English, also playing on a famous quote from Mr. Trudeau shortly after he introduced his criminal law reform bill.

Based on Mr. Trudeau’s memoirs, the biography says Mr. Trudeau “did not dissent” when abortion clinic physician Dr. Henry Morgentaler was eventually jailed for defying the requirements for hospital permission to conduct abortions, a conviction that led to the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that struck down Mr. Trudeau’s abortion law in 1988, on grounds it violated the Charter’s guarantee of the right to “life, liberty and security of the person.”

“As Trudeau saw it, the abortionist knew the law and made the decision to defy it; as a free individual, he was then obliged to accept the penalties the law imposed,” Mr. English writes in the biography of Mr. Trudeau.

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see they only dig from the start time of pervert to own to control via sympathy

like who are the grates heroes ever known...
the first fire dream that had a dream and handed to us over time as title holders....
Turtle Island land shape like what to walk on...

now ask if they will respect our hero.... by building monument to the holy dream... of Turtle Island

they wont... why.... it conflicts with their view of greed over everything.... again the verdict and path is set...in the 4th fire

the right to contest and restoration of the Turtle.... again the violation of the 4th fire made the 5th and 6th and 2 paths in the 7th is link to the 4th 2 fire trial.... did 5th and 6th happen you bet.... can we go back and fix the 4th nope.... the path is clear the 8th will not come and the path left is back to the first fire

i'm just a being having a dream....
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dreams don't work backwards they move forward.....
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like what dream did the first fire hand down... can you change that....
did you direct the fire in option...
can you direct the fire back to the 4th....
your only granted to re look at it yet the direction is clear to what you hand down or the first fire will not be......
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like did you cause the problem in the 4th fire.....for the 8th fire ascending gift

the verdict 5th and 6th has set its path

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understand when you rekindling of old flames you see the 8th fire never happen the 4th fire was to skip over the 5th and 6th....and the 7th to light the 8th...... it never happened....


it clearly states a path in the first fire is link to the last fire not the finial one.... because if its final thiers no need for the first fire...
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like you cant stop a wave from unfolding.... try it..... do an about face and you end up in the under toe.... you ride the wave..... the 5th and 6th created what wave.... 4th fire this our home this how we want trade with you in awareness..... did they take what they learn to improve them selves with..... no

so why is our home looking the way it is.....

the verdict choice made in the 4th fire...
You shall know that the face they wear is one of death if the rivers run with poison and fish become unfit to eat. You shall know them by these many things

so the path is clear its back to the first fire to dream of a turtle shape land to walk on....
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see they want to use words like reconciliation

how do you do that as a nation under occupation via extermination....

what a;m i to reconcile to..... when the problem is not our affairs.....

is it a demand to be what.... they rant we took part in building this country wrong we were force to surrender or die...under a regulated death by the feds for a cunt-in-tree program with a mandate..... we are prison ward people...

they are dream eaters,,,,, they want to eat-away the turtle under their god mandate...

see they live for an apocalypse war dream... they hog everything to fight the last fight to see the jesus god gift..... energy is used to fight wars or you loses... brute force

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Whereas Canada is founded upon the principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:

why should l respect this when it shows no respect back... my way or no way.....

like who is god on a supremacy trip and why did all these kids rounded up and exterminated....

i;m just a being having a dream hand down over time.... to dream of a land shape like turtle to walk on to grow more awareness and anew would arrive to greet... seven fires

like respect is two way street or creation dies.... nothing left
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The Ambassador: Wab Kinew is an aboriginal leader seeking to engage with Canadians at large

off national post..... again who should he be engaged with.... who is he to serve....Turtle Island citizen or Dominion of Canada war dream eaters to that dream...

don't go fight in their wars to win all wars... for Dominion to control all birds and fish that will just die..... for a fraud dream you already have... see a being having a dream needs no new dream via sympathy scams of death... that worship apocalypse
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What are you talking about? Your post seems schizophrenic and I am legitimately worried for your mental health
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