Sunday, May 16, 2010

Conservatives Courting Christian Right

The Harper Conservatives are taking another play out of the Bush Republican strategy guide and courting the Canadian religious right. Sparked by the government's  decision not to fund abortions as part of aid packages to less endowed countries, Canadian anti-abortionist held a rally in Ottawa. 

CP photo: Anti-abortion activists march in Ottawa on
 Thursday May 13, 2010    
Of the twenty-one members of Parliament that addressed the crowd eighteen were Conservatives. Ontario Tory MP Dean Del Mastro said he's ready for a renewed abortion debate in the House of Commons. President of the Commons "pro-life caucus" Winnipeg Conservative Rod Bruinooge said the campaign must be waged one step at a time.

According to Toronto journalist Marci McDonald the religious right  in Canada has increased it's influence  due to a cosiness between the prime minister and Christian conservatives.