Campaign Life Coalition

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Campaign Life Coalition (often called Campaign Life) is a Canadian non-partisan political lobbyist organization that opposes abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage. It is based in Toronto, Ontario.[1] The organization has existed since 1978,[2] and it has long been active in political campaigns.

At the provincial level in Ontario, Campaign Life initially supported the Family Coalition Party (FCP).[3] Following the FCP's name change to the New Reform Party of Ontario and the election of Patrick Brown as the new leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in 2015, the CLC seemingly switched support to the Ontario PCs. The CLC endorsed Brown's bid for the leadership, along with other social conservative leadership candidate Monte McNaughton,[4] and released a statement congratulating Brown on his victory.[5][6]

In addition to promoting the protection of the lives of the pre-born, Campaign Life defends the sanctity of life and the family against threats to the family.[7] In 2005, the coalition criticised the Conservative Party of Canada 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 "is a non-profit Internet service dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family."[11] It also runs Daily News reports and information pages "to provide balance and more accurate coverage on culture, life and family matters than is usually given by other media."[12] Its writers and researchers "are located in various cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and France," and it also runs a Spanish version of LifeSiteNews.com.[13] A pro-choice Catholic priest, Raymond Gravel (died 2014), "who bluntly spoke out in favour of gay marriage, ordination of gay priests and a more tolerant attitude toward abortion", filed a lawsuit against the website in 2011 for defamation.[14][15] In 2013, the lawsuit was allowed to advance to trial by a Quebec court.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coalition, Campaign Life. "CLC Offices and Presidents - Campaign Life Coalition". www.campaignlifecoalition.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  2. ^ "About | LifeSite". Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  3. ^ Baer, Nicole (7 May 1988). "Tory courting in Carleton-Gloucester". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Ontario PC Leadership Endorsement by CLC". Campaign Life Coalition. January 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Patrick Brown wins Ontario PC leadership", Toronto Star, May 09 2015.
  6. ^ "Ontario PCs pick a pro-lifer to lead their rebirth", Toronto Star, May 09 2015.
  7. ^ Coalition, Campaign Life. "About Us - Campaign Life Coalition". www.campaignlifecoalition.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  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 | LifeSite". Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  11. ^ "About | LifeSite". Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  12. ^ "About | LifeSite". Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  13. ^ "About | LifeSite". Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  14. ^ "Activist priest Raymond Gravel preached gospel of tolerance". Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  15. ^ Online, Catholic. "Quebec Priest sues LifeSiteNews for Defamation - Americas - International - News - Catholic Online". www.catholic.org. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 

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