Green Party drops anti-abortion candidate in Ontario riding

The Green Party of Canada is dropping its candidate in the jap Ontario riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell for feedback she made on-line about abortion.

Spokesperson John Chenery mentioned the social gathering voted Sunday night time to take away Marthe Lépine and requested her to stop representing herself as a Green candidate. However, the social gathering missed the deadline to take away her title from the poll.

Chenery would not elaborate on the feedback that led to Lépine’s dismissal however confirmed to CBC they needed to do along with her anti-abortion views.

Lépine mentioned she leaves feedback on Catholic blogs however insisted they’re innocuous.

“My Catholic view is that abortion is a bad thing,” she mentioned. “I understand some people feel like they have no real choice … it should be avoided as much as possible.”

Lépine mentioned the social gathering advised her by cellphone final night time she was being dropped over her values, however she terminated the decision earlier than earlier than the social gathering official may elaborate.

“I think it’s basically flagrant discrimination because I’m Catholic, so they’re afraid I’d say something that upsets them.”

It’s not the primary time the social gathering has needed to cope with anti-abortion views in the ranks throughout this marketing campaign.

Chatham-Kent-Leamington candidate Mark Vercouteren was pressured to reply questions on anti-abortion statements he made in two Campaign Life Coalition questionnaires — in one case as just lately because the 2018 Ontario provincial election marketing campaign.

Vercouteren advised CBC he “doesn’t remember” making these feedback.

The Green Party issued an announcement early on in the marketing campaign insisting there’s “zero chance” of an elected Green MP reopening the abortion debate.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May advised Power & Politics that elected members of her social gathering wouldn’t be prevented from attempting to reopen the controversy on abortion in the following Parliament, regardless of her personal acknowledged perception that “a woman has a right to a safe, legal abortion.”

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