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Dwight Ball added his voice to the abortion debate on Tuesday night by saying as leader of the Liberal party he believes it is the woman’s right to choose.
The pro-life vs. pro-choice debate surfaced last week when it was reported that Frank Coleman, the lone candidate to run the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, and his family regularly attend a Good Friday pro-life march in Corner Brook.
Coleman was out of the city last Friday and missed the march, however, several members of his family did attend.
Ball was asked his position on the issue while at a meeting the Liberal caucus hosted in Corner Brook on the new hospital for the city.
“This debate is one that we had as a party back in the ’90s,” Ball told reporters, before stating the official party position is it’s a woman’s right to choose.
“Mr. Coleman’s position is his,” said Ball. “I know for me as leader of the party it’s the woman’s right to choose.
“My job right now as leader of the party is to make sure that we have the proper supports and programs in place so that we can support women when they have to make this difficult decision,” he said.
Ball pledged to continue to support women’s rights and make sure that women have the right to choose. “And any government that I lead, this will not change.”
As for his thoughts on the Coleman family participating in the march, Ball said “for those of us that have known the Coleman family this is nothing new. This is something that they’ve done in the past.”
Ball was also asked about Coleman’s leadership qualities given his limited public profile.
“I don’t really look at anyone else’s leadership qualities. All I’m looking at is growing the Liberal Party to be the next government of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Ball said his caucus will continue to grow the party by listening and talking to people.
“The other leaders of other parties, they will decide on whatever approach they want to take in their own leadership skills.”