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The Campaign Life Coalition (sometimes shortened to Campaign Life) is a Canadian political lobbyist organization founded in 1978. Based in Toronto, the organization advocates for socially conservative values.[1] In addition to its initial goals of opposing abortion and euthanasia, Campaign Life Coalition advocates for what it describes as traditional family values, including opposition to same-sex marriage, sex education, homosexuality, fornication, and the use of contraceptive methods.[2][3][4]

Campaign Life Coalition
Formation1978; 41 years ago (1978)
Headquarters300-104 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
National President
Jim Hughes
Websitecampaignlifecoalition.com

Ontario politicsEdit

At the provincial level in Ontario, Campaign Life helped to establish and initially supported the Family Coalition Party (FCP).[5] 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,[6] and released a statement congratulating Brown on his victory.[7][8] The group later became critical of Brown after he publicly announced that he would not repeal the new provincial sex education curriculum changes if he becomes premier.[9] Its LifeSiteNews website even called Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau more honest than Brown, because they openly campaigned for the social values that they supported, while Brown's policy changes on social issues made it difficult to know what his views are.[10]

Federal politicsEdit

In 2005 the coalition criticised the Conservative Party of Canada for nominating John Baird and Peter Kent to run as candidates, as both had supported the legalization of same-sex marriage.[11] 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.[12]

Campaign Life endorsed candidates Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux in the 2017 Conservative leadership election.[13]

LifeSiteNewsEdit

Campaign Life Coalition founded LifeSiteNews, a self described news website dedicated to "issues of culture, life, and family", in 1997.[1] The website was founded with the intent to promote anti-abortion views and to push back on a purported media conspiracy against the anti-abortion movement.[14]

According to Snopes, LifeSiteNews is "a known purveyor of misleading information."[15] The Associated Press described the website as "ultraconservative."[16] In May 2019, Philip Pullela, in a Reuters article, wrote that the website "often is a platform for attacks on [Pope Francis]."[17] The LGBT magazine The Advocate has described LifeSiteNews as an anti-LGBT outlet. Articles on the website blame pedophilia on homosexuality, contrary to the scholarly consensus.[18]

A Catholic priest, Raymond Gravel, filed a lawsuit in Quebec against the website in 2011 for defamation.[19][20] Subsequently, Gravel died of lung cancer on August 11, 2014.[21] In 2013, the lawsuit was allowed to advance to trial by a Quebec court.[22]

Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong has criticized LifeSiteNews for what he calls its "radical Catholic reactionary" stance.[23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "About | LifeSite". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  2. ^ Coalition, Campaign Life. "CLC Offices and Presidents - Campaign Life Coalition". www.campaignlifecoalition.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  3. ^ Coalition, Campaign Life. "About Us - Campaign Life Coalition". www.campaignlifecoalition.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  4. ^ "Marriage". Campaign Life Coalition. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. ^ Baer, Nicole (7 May 1988). "Tory courting in Carleton-Gloucester". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 6.
  6. ^ "Ontario PC Leadership Endorsement by CLC". Campaign Life Coalition. January 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Patrick Brown wins Ontario PC leadership", Toronto Star, May 09 2015.
  8. ^ "Ontario PCs pick a pro-lifer to lead their rebirth", Toronto Star, May 09 2015.
  9. ^ "The amazing flip-flopper, Patrick Brown". News & Analysis. Campaign Life Coalition. August 29, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Ferguson, Rob (December 27, 2016). "Tory Leader Patrick Brown feeling the squeeze as he tries to unify party ranks". thestar.com. Toronto Star. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Campaign Life Coalition Newsletter Decries Favoring of New Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Candidates By Conse".
  12. ^ "True Conservatives Running as Independents against Anti-Family, Anti-Life 'Conservative' Candidates".
  13. ^ "Anti-abortion group endorses 'pro-life' Conservative leadership candidates Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux". 2 September 2016.
  14. ^ Saurette, Paul; Gordon, Kelly (2016). The Changing Voice of the Anti-Abortion Movement. University of Toronto Press. p. 172. ISBN 9781442615694.
  15. ^ Lacapria, Kim (June 3, 2016). "FACT CHECK: ACLU Director Resigns Over Transgender Bathroom Policy". Snopes.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  16. ^ Winfield, Nicole (September 9, 2018). "Sanctions, sex abuse and silence: A primer on the pope saga". AP NEWS. Associated Press. Retrieved May 30, 2019 – via apnews.com.
  17. ^ Pullella, Philip (May 1, 2019). "Conservatives want Catholic bishops to denounce pope as heretic". reuters.com. Reuters. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  18. ^ "Meet LifeSite News, One of the Most Anti-LGBTQ Online Outlets". The Advocate. August 20, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2019 – via advocate.com.
  19. ^ Gyapong, Deborah (February 16, 2011). "Quebec Priest sues LifeSiteNews for Defamation - Americas - International - News - Catholic Online". The B.C. Catholic Newspaper. Canadian Catholic News. Retrieved July 16, 2016 – via www.catholic.org.
  20. ^ Bunderson, Carl (February 21, 2013). "Controversial Priest's Lawsuit Against LifeSiteNews Advances". National Catholic Register. Catholic News Agency. Retrieved May 30, 2019 – via ncregister.com.
  21. ^ "Father Raymond Gravel, outspoken social activist, dies". CBC News. August 11, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  22. ^ Langan, Fred (August 11, 2014). "Activist priest Raymond Gravel preached gospel of tolerance". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  23. ^ Armstrong, Dave (September 16, 2017). "Defending Rebecca Bratten Weiss at LifeSiteNews". Biblical Evidence for Catholicism with Dave Armstrong. Retrieved May 30, 2019 – via patheos.com.

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