Nearly one-third of federal Conservative candidates running in Alberta ridings have been endorsed by the controversial Campaign Life Coalition for their opposition to women’s reproductive rights, according to a report from Press Progress.
Known for its vocal anti-abortion position, the Campaign Life Coalition has taken strong positions in recent years against Gay-Straight Alliances in schools (which they describe as “homosexual-activist clubs“) and against Ontario’s new health and physical education curriculum (which they describe as ‘radical sex ed curriculum‘).
The ten Alberta Conservatives are part of a group of 86 Conservative candidates from across Canada who have received endorsements from the organization. Nine of the ten Alberta candidates on the list are men and six are incumbent MPs running for re-election (even Stephen Harper is deemed “not supportable” by this organization).
The four first-time Conservative candidates on the endorsement list are Calgary-Confederation candidate Len Webber, St. Albert-Edmonton candidate Michael Cooper, Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan candidate Garnett Genuis and Lethbridge candidate Rachael Harder.
These four candidates, along with Mr. Hillyer, responded to a questionnaire from the Campaign Life Coalition affirming their opposition to women’s reproductive rights. The other five Conservatives were endorsed based on their voting records and public statements.
According to the organization’s website, Mr. Cooper “has been actively involved in the pro-life movement for many years and is known to CLC leaders.”
Here are the links to the ten Alberta candidates report cards and questionnaire responses:
- Blake Richards (Banff-Airdrie)
- Kevin Sorenson (Battle River-Crowfoot)
- Len Webber (Calgary Confederation)
- Jason Kenney (Calgary Midnapore)
- Mike Lake (Edmonton-Wetaskiwin)
- Chris Warkentin (Grande Prairie-Mackenzie)
- Rachael Harder (Lethbridge)
- Jim Hillyer (Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner)
- Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan)
- Michael Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton)
Campaign Life Coalition also endorsed six Christian Heritage Party candidates running in Alberta ridings.