An on-going series of profiles of pro-life Members of Parliament
A native of Winnipeg, David Kilgour is a lawyer with a particular interest in constitutional law. His wife Laura is also a lawyer but is now a home wit their four children, twin daughters Margot and Eileen, David and eighteen-month-old Hilary. The Kilgour family lives in the Gatineau Hills just outside Ottawa, rather than in Edmonton, so that David can spend as much time with his children as possible.
David Kilgour was educated in Winnipeg at Grosvenor School, St. John’s Ravenscourt (where he won a Governor General’s Medal) and later at the University of Manitoba, the University of Toronto, and the University of Paris where he partially completed his doctoral studies in constitutional law. He was first elected to Parliament in 1979, and re-elected to Parliament in 1979, and re-elected in 1980 and 1984. While Kilgour is a Progressive Conservative, he is also the brother-in-law of Liberal Leader John Turner, through the marriage of his sister Geills.
Although a strong and articulate defender of the rights of the unborn child, David Kilgour has been a Parliamentary secretary virtually since his election in 1979, and in this role has been prevented from making statements on the issue inside the House of Commons. Parliamentary Secretaries cannot make Private Members Statements or introduce Private Members’ Bills or Motions, although they may vote on them. However Kilgour speaks out against abortion to other members of his caucus and is well-known as a pro-life Member of Parliament.
Following the recent premier of Dr. Bernard Nathanson’s film “Eclipse of Reason” on Parliament Hill, Kilgour arranged for a tape of the film to be available to all Members of Parliament through the Parliamentary closed-circuit TV network OASIS. He states that he was extremely moved by the film, and is encouraging all MPs to view it.
Kilgour is concerned about the rights and abuse of children not only in relation to abortion but also sexual abuse, juvenile prostitution, child pornography, and drug abuse. He sees the solution to these problems in adequate legislation, but also, and perhaps more importantly in strengthening the family unit he is encouraged by what he sees as a revival of religion in Canada. David Kilgour challenges all of those believers of all denominations to assert themselves on moral issues with confidence and quiet determination, a prescription he has followed himself for many years.