Chandler pro-life message to Tories
the Progressive Conservative's Leadership convention came to a close
in June, the Party emerged with a new leader, the social liberal, Peter
MacKay. In my analysis of the leadership race, I neglected to commend
Craig Chandler, as a pro-life, pro-family social conservative worthy
In stating that many pro-lifers "regretted the lack of social conservative ideas among the leadership candidates", I wrongly overlooked Chandler; I regret this unfortunate oversight.
Rick Hurley, national chairman of the Con-cerned Christian Coalition, in his letter endorsing Chandler, lamented that the Liberal's legacy included "abortion on demand", adding that "without a united conservative movement … things will get far worse". He praised Chandler as "the only pro-life and pro-family leadership candidate". In comments made in an interview with The Interim, Chandler stated clearly that he was pro-life and that he actively support de-funding abortion
Chandler, who is more conservative than progressive, also advocates the elimination of Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals, both of which, as Professor Ian Hunter has noted, have menaced and curtailed religious freedom in Canada. Another commendable policy of Chandler's, is his proposed tax break to married couples, which would remove an substantial economic disincentive, so that those wishing to start a family can do so.
Once again, I apologize for my omission, and I wish Chandler every success in his future endeavours in public life, be it as a candidate who advocates protection of all human persons, or as a lobbyist on behalf of life and family.