Merle Terlesky

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Merle Terlesky giving an interview at a political rally at Tomkins Park in Calgary on March 15, 2008

Merle Terlesky (born 1961) is a Canadian conservative activist, originally from Kamloops, British Columbia.[1][2] Once affiliated with the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics, a pro-choice organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Terlesky has since become anti-abortion.[2] In 2007, he represented a group in Calgary, Alberta, that sought to have capital punishment reinstated in Canada.[3]

Terleskey ran as a candidate for the Alberta Alliance in the riding of Lethbridge West in the 2004 Alberta provincial election, and, with 949 votes, he came in fourth place among the six candidates on the ballot in that electoral district.[4] In September 2007, he ran for the post of alderman in Calgary, promising to ban panhandling and "squeegy kids", which he states make area residents feel uncomfortable and pose a traffic hazard.[5]

Terlesky was diagnosed with leukemia in July 1998 and recovered after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his brother and chemotherapy.[2]


  1. ^ "Ward 7 - Calgary Votes 2007." (October 9, 2007). The Calgary Sun. Retrieved October 15, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c McMahon, Laureen. (1999). "Former abortion ally battles cancer and his past." BC Christian News, 19 (3). Retrieved October 15, 2007.
  3. ^ Mark, Michelle. (February 10, 2007). "Cowtown group wants death penalty." Edmonton Sun. Retrieved October 15, 2007.
  4. ^ "Alberta Votes 2004: Lethbridge-West." (2004). Retrieved October 15, 2005.
  5. ^ Beauchamp, Paula. (September 22, 2007). "Candidate promises ban on panhandling." Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2007.