Coleman does not intend to impose beliefs regarding lawful procedure
The man who is months away from becoming Newfoundland and Labrador’s next premier may not like abortion rights, but Frank Coleman says he believes in the rule of law and does not intend to impose his personal views on others.
Frank Coleman. — Telegram file photo
Coleman’s views on abortion rights became a hot topic Friday on social media as people responded to news that his family was attending the Right to Life event in Corner Brook. The event is held annually on Good Friday.
In an interview with The Telegram Thursday, Coleman confirmed he had attended the event in previous years, but would not be in Corner Brook Friday.
“I have attended that every year,” he told The Telegram Thursday. “I’m in Glovertown today, and I’m staying in Gander tonight, and I believe the march is early in the morning or mid-morning, so I won’t be there, simply because I’m in Central Newfoundland.”
Coleman is the lone candidate remaining in the PC leadership race after Corner Brook businessman Bill Barry announced Thursday he is no longer running for the leadership.
In a news release Thursday, the PC Party said Coleman must still be confirmed by delegates as its leader at the July 5 leadership convention, according to the party’s constitution.
Some expressed concerns on Twitter Friday that Coleman’s personal views on abortion may influence decisions made a premier of the province.
Coleman attempted to address such concerns in a message posted to his Twitter account late Friday afternoon.
“I celebrate the fact that we live in a diverse society and I therefore do not seek to impose my personal beliefs on others for respect does not insist on its own way,” he wrote in a statement.
Confirming he has attended the Right to Life walk in Corner Brook previously, Coleman said his family’s participation “is a result of shared beliefs on the value of every human life.” Coleman went on to say he has never sought to impose those views on others and respects “the gift of free will we are all afforded.
“As a leader I believe in the rule of law. It would be weak of me to deny my beliefs and at the same time it is important that people understand I do not intend to impose my personal views. I have too much respect for all the people of this province.”
— With files from James McLeod