Ball says Liberals support a woman’s right to choose

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Dwight Ball

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.”

Organizations: PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, Liberal Party

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Barrelman
    April 24, 2014 - 04:11

    Does this appear to be another 'wishy-washy ' stand by our liberal leader? Does Mr.Ball have a more 'right-wing' attitude than he is letting on? Is Mr.Balls 'politics' worth having around at all?

  • Dave
    April 23, 2014 - 21:40

    Does anyone else see past the jargon? He is saying the *exact* same thing as Frank Coleman. "And any government that I lead, this will not change.” Sounds awfully congruent to "I do not seek to impose my views on anyone and truly respect the gift of free will we are all afforded". Fancifully written but nothing is said. Can we expect the same kind of translation to your leadership style and action?

  • Laughable
    April 23, 2014 - 16:11

    Mr Ball commenting on Leadership abilities. Got to be the joke of the year. Sir you were on the fence for years concerning the Muskrat Falls project, all of a sudden you like the project. Then you came to our community, and the only thing you can see, was make work projects follow by starvation. you couldn't give a straight answer concerning fracking, But we all know if you become premier, full speed with fracking. Then back in 2011, Liberals said they had a plan concerning the fishery. to date nothing. Then you stood by when the PC's pass over 110 million to CBPP, with out creating any new jobs at the plant or in the forestry. The lists keep growing bigger and bigger. Just like now concerning this topic on abortion , you didn't give your personal position. Yes Sir, you're a leader. but not for the people. Because your the man who going to finish N & L off.

  • Linda
    April 23, 2014 - 15:34

    Mr Ball here is my question to you. See if you got the guts to answer its? Before you marry the woman you did, she said to you. if we get marry, and I become pregnant, I'm going to have a abortion. Would you have still marry her? What about the man rights? Mr Ball.

    • dave sharpe
      April 23, 2014 - 20:23

      What about the man's right? His right is to give his position on what he would rather see happen, and that's it. Last time I checked it is the women who has to carry through with the pregnancy Linda. What a preposterous hypothetical scenario you throw out there. So Linda, before you get married your husband to be says that if you get pregnant he will divorce you if you have the child, what do you do? See how easy it is to be silly with this? No, actually you probably don't do you Linda?

    • Roy
      April 23, 2014 - 22:00

      Dave is so eager to attack that he completely missed the point.

  • Jon
    April 23, 2014 - 14:56

    Liberals can't criticize Coleman's leadership abilities when they tried to get him to be their leader.

    • Really Now
      April 24, 2014 - 02:04

      LOL! I think I just spit coke over my screen. You have no idea what you're talking about. Coleman bleeds blue when he's cut, not red. He's been one of the longest supporting conservative in corner brook.

  • Sumptin Fishy
    April 23, 2014 - 14:55

    Why did he qualify his position by saying "as leader of the Liberal party". Why didn't he just say what is his personal position - not the position of the leader of the party.