Today, May 11, the City of Ottawa raised a pro-life flag in front of City Hall. This afternoon, I along with six of my colleagues, issued a joint statement demanding the flag be removed immediately.
“We the undersigned Councillors are outraged that a flag representing a personal conviction to restrict a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion is flying on the grounds of City Hall for the first time in the City’s history.
Safe access to abortion is a fundamental and constitutionally-protected right enjoyed by all women in Canada. All citizens of our country are welcome to demonstrate and express their view against that right.
However, the City of Ottawa’s policy on proclamation which led to the flag-raising today is clear: “a proclamation will not be issued for matters that …represent individual conviction”.
We have demanded of the City that the flag be removed immediately.”