Campaign Life Coalition

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The Campaign Life Coalition (often called Campaign Life) is a Canadian conservative Christian pro-life group.[1] It is based in Toronto, Ontario.[2] The organization has existed since the late 1970s, and it has long been active in political campaigns.

Campaign Life has supported politicians from different political parties, including Liberals such as Tom Wappel[3] and Paul Szabo[4] and Conservatives such as Maurice Vellacott[5] and Stockwell Day.[citation needed]

At the provincial level, Campaign Life has been active in supporting the Family Coalition Party of Ontario.[6]

In addition to opposing abortion, Campaign Life also launched a vocal campaign against same-sex marriage in 2004-05.[7]

In 2005, the coalition criticised the Conservative Party for nominating same-sex marriage supporters John Baird and Peter Kent to run as candidates.[8] It expressed support for John Pacheco's "independent conservative" candidacy against Baird in Ottawa West—Nepean, and for Greg Watrich's independent candidacy against sitting Tory MP James Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam), a supporter of Bill C-38.[9]

One of its projects is LifeSiteNews, a news website dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family that was created in 1997.[10] LifeSiteNews has been characterized as an "online anti-abortion journal" by the National Post and a "pro-Life website" by the Vancouver Sun.[11][12] It is linked to a French-language website, Campagne Quebec-Vie. A Catholic priest, Raymond Gravel, filed a lawsuit against the websites in 2010 claiming that they had engaged in a campaign against him.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leong, Melissa (5 Apr 2005). "Muslim, Christian groups oppose gay marriage". National Post. p. 5. 
  2. ^ O'Neil, Peter (27 June 2005). "Fight not over: same-sex foes: Liberals have disturbed a 'sleeping giant'". National Post. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Mark (24 Sep 1988). "Off and running: Anti-abortion groups flexing political muscles". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Gordon, Sean (10 June 2004). "Senior Liberals deny hypocrisy on social issues". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Smyth, Julie (11 May 2007). "MPs use rally to press for abortion law; Campaign Life Coalition". National Post. p. 7. 
  6. ^ Baer, Nicole (7 May 1988). "Tory courting in Carleton-Gloucester". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 6. 
  7. ^ Leong, Melissa (5 Apr 2005). "Muslim, Christian groups oppose gay marriage". National Post. p. 5. 
  8. ^ Campaign Life Coalition Newsletter Decries Favoring of New Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Candidates By Conservative Leadership
  9. ^ True Conservatives Running as Independents against Anti-Family, Anti-Life ‘Conservative’ Candidates
  10. ^ About LifeSiteNews.com
  11. ^ Lewis, Charles (9 Aug 2011). "Activist against abortion back in jail; Illegal protester arrested more than 20 times". National Post ([Don Mills, Ont). p. 6. 
  12. ^ "Terminally ill Baby Joseph dies at home". The Vancouver Sun. 29 Sep 2011. p. 3. 
  13. ^ Hamilton, Graeme (5 Mar 2011). "Two solitudes; Lawsuit pits rebel Quebec priest against hardline pro-life news service". National Post. p. 6. 

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