Danielle Smith, leader of Alberta’s Wildrose Party, has stated that the party will reverse its position on freedom of conscience, instead adopting a policy that health care workers should be forced to facilitate services or procedures to which they object for religious or moral reasons. Her statements have been contested by one of the party’s elected members [Calgary Sun].
Danielle Smith, leader of Alberta’s Wildrose Party, is reported to be thinking of reconsidering the party’s support for freedom of conscience following the party’s defeat in the recent provincial election. The premier of the province, who stated that she was “frightened” by freedom of conscience, was re-elected with a large majority. [National Post]
Progressive Conservative Premier Alison Redford of Alberta states that she is “very frightened” by support for freedom of conscience expressed by the leader of the Wildrose Party, her principal opponent in the current provincial election campaign. The Wildrose Party is officially committed to protection of conscience legislation for health care workers. Danielle Smith, party leader, recently stated that she would apply the same principle to marriage commissioners who object to performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. Smith’s comments have drawn strident denunciations, equating the exercise of freedom of conscience with discrimination and hate-mongering. [Canadian Press] [Project letter to Calgary Herald]