Yesterday (March 29), former Conservative MP John Cummins didn't stick around to answer too many questions after announcing his intention to become B.C.'s next premier.
It's too bad because some voters will probably want to know where Cummins stands these days on the abortion issue.
The former Conservative MP for Delta-Richmond East has told the anti-abortion group Campaign Life Coalition in the past that he opposes abortion under any circumstances.
Many years ago in response to a different questionnaire, Cummins told the same group that he favours delisting abortion procedures from provincial medical plans.
This wasn't such a big deal at the time because Cummins was a federal MP sitting on the opposition side of the House of Commons.
But now, Cummins is seeking the leadership of the B.C. Conservatives with the goal of replacing B.C. Liberal premier Christy Clark.
Under the British North America Act, provinces have jurisdiction over health care, which gives a premier a chance to influence the abortion issue.
B.C.'s last explicitly anti-abortion premier was Bill Vander Zalm, who, in office, also proposed delisting abortion services from the provincial medical plan. That caused a caucus revolt.
Prior to the 2008 federal election, Cummins told Campaign Life Coalition that if elected, he will "strive to introduce and pass laws to protect unborn children from the time of conception (fertilization) onward".
Moreover, he answered "yes" to the question: If elected, would you support all legislative or policy proposals that would result in a meaningful increase of respect and protection for unborn human life?
Cummins has also told Campaign Life Coalition in the past that he opposes embryonic stem-cell research, doctor-assisted suicide, and same-sex marriage. In addition, he voted against adding sexual orientation as a ground for discrimination under the Human Rights Act.
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