Posted on Sep 11, 2017
Reality Check: UCP leadership contest takes another hard right turn
For immediate release
September 11, 2017
EDMONTON – UCP leadership candidate and former Wildrose Leader Paul Hinman launched his leadership campaign by calling for a hard right turn to social conservativism.
In recorded phone calls to UCP members on the weekend, Hinman pledged that he would stand up for social conservative values and called on his website for the defense of “conscience rights,” a term often used as a dog whistle to mean restricting access to contraception, abortion and medical assistance in dying.
On abortion, Hinman called for a referendum to limiting funding for abortion as recently as last year. A position promoted by UCP caucus leader Nathan Cooper held the same position on defunding abortion services as recently as 2009.
On GSAs, Hinman shares Jason Kenney’s position on outing kids who join the school clubs.
As an MLA, Hinman fought same-sex marriage, stating that marriage commissioners faced “religious persecution” for performing these marriages.
The UCP caucus must clarify whether they share or will condemn the extreme views of their newest leadership candidate.
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 Paul Hinman, September 11 2017. https://paulhinman.ca/let-parents-not-bureaucrats-be-in-charge-of-their-childrens-education/
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