Justin Trudeau contradicts his Father on Abortion:
In a letter dated Dec. 21, 1981 to G. Emmett Cardinal Carter, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto, Trudeau said that the government of Canada would never allow the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to dictate abortion policy. The cardinal had been lobbying for a right-to-life amendment to the Charter. Here are the salient parts of that Trudeau letter:
“… Since the November 2, 1981 Conference of First Ministers, Parliament’s authority has been strengthened by the addition of the notwithstanding clause to the Charter.
“Should a court decide at some future date that sections 7 or 15 do establish a right to abortion on demand, Parliament will continue to legislate on the matter by overriding the court’s decision and the specific Charter right as interpreted by the court.“