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Hudak ‘may have’ signed an anti-abortion petition
(Hudak - really, really scary...almost a smarter (sic), cleaner, Ford) Bad times ahead.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said Monday he has no interest in reopening Canada’s abortion debate, despite being called “pro-life” by a Christian political website.

Mr. Hudak was questioned by reporters at a press conference intended to promote a policy targeting convicted sex offenders. He said he “may have” signed petitions in his riding calling to end abortion funding in the past, but would follow Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s lead and leave the issue alone if elected premier in the Oct. 6 Ontario election.

“Let me be clear: we are not reopening this debate,” he told reporters at Queen’s Park. “Just like the federal Parliament, we would not be reopening that issue.”

On its website, the Association for Reformed Political Action says Mr. Hudak “made it clear that he is pro-life and has signed petitions calling for abortion defunding and conscience legislation.” The post refers to a questionnaire sent to candidates during the 2009 PC leadership race rating where they stood on key issues. The national non-profit organization says its mission is to “shine the light of God’s Word to Canada’s municipal, provincial, and federal governments” by making members of reformed churches part of public debate.

ARPA clarified on its website Monday afternoon that the email came from Mr. Hudak’s campaign team, not Mr. Hudak himself, but verified the post’s contents were correct.