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Dalton McGinty.

In December 1996 Catholic Insight reported that all seven candidates for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party--six of whom were Catholics--saw nothing wrong with public-financed killing of the unborn. As evidence we placed an appropriate quotation behind each name.

In case you thought that we were exaggerating or perhaps used a quote out of context, the following statement by the newly elected leader, Dalton McGuinty should bring home the truth. It was delivered on Toronto CBC radio's Metro morning with Andy Barry, at 7:15 a.m. the day after his election, December 2:

"It's quite true that I an a Roman Catholic but I can tell you that as a public representative I represent Protestants, Muslims, Jews, atheists, Roman Catholics, half of whom by the way believe in a woman's right to choose. I am not prepared to let any one religion impose its beliefs on the rest of the population. I believe in a woman's right to choose."

Mr. McGuinty comes from a large Catholic family. His father preceded him as the Member of the Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-South and was a pro-life supporter. Apparently nothing rubbed off on his son Dalton. At the convention his wife indicated that his religion was quite important to him. But he corrected that in an interview with the Toronto Star (Dec. 13), indicating that she meant to say that he was "community minded." Religion, he said, "is not relevant to my position as leader."

Serious Christians should now consider Dalton McGuinty as not relevant to their election plans.
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