What does abortion have to do with irrigation? Farmers use water not blood and baby body parts.
Third-party groups are also joining the fray, with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association seeking to join the challenge against the government
A small irrigation company near Brooks, Alta., filed a Charter challenge on Thursday arguing their rejection over refusing to sign the attestation was illegal on numerous grounds, including as a violation of their right to freedom of conscience and as an unlawful attempt “to subject private entities to the legal obligations of the Charter.” The challenge is being sponsored by the Alberta-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
Christian organizations are also preparing their cases.
“We are definitely in discussion with legal counsel and we have twenty-plus charities right now that are wanting to be part of a legal challenge,” said Barry Bussey, legal affairs director for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. “We are basically looking at the various options as to what is the best road forward…I would anticipate that in the coming days we will be making some decisions.”
In its motion filed Friday, Toronto Right to Life highlights the evidence Wernick disclosed around the complaints, arguing they all came from one pro-choice lobby group.
Employment Minister Patty Hajdu had told the media in January that “last year we heard a whole bunch of complaints from citizens across Canada and organizations” about anti-abortion groups. Of the six examples Wernick included with her affidavit, all but one are a form letter from the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, while the other links to a press release from that coalition.