October 31, 2018
President, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Dear Mr. Badwal,
As President of Canadian Physicians for Life, I am writing this open letter to you upon learning that the Party has vetoed tabling a policy regarding conscience rights protection for healthcare workers.
While policy conventions are not binding on a government, they do indicate what is important to a party should it form a government. Frankly, election campaigns themselves function as the primary indicator of government priorities, even in an age of skepticism.
Ontario voters, which include physicians, were promised that conscience rights legislation for healthcare workers would be introduced by the Ford government. We are dismayed at the delay in executing this promise, but we are further outraged that the Party itself has seen fit to scrub grassroots efforts to signal its support for this protection as part of the Party’s governing principles when in government.
Canadian Physicians for Life is calling on the Progressive Conservative Party to keep its promise to all healthcare workers by reinstating this policy for an open vote at its November convention. We also strongly urge the Ford government to immediately introduce and pass legislation modeled after Manitoba’s Bill 34 thereby protecting conscience rights of all healthcare workers.
Ryan Wilson, MD, CCFP
President, Canadian Physicians for Life