Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. In an open letter to the Prime Minister, CCCB president Bishop Jean-Guy Hamelin explained his opposition to the “population control through abortion” agenda of the Cairo population conference. “How unworthy it would be for our country to line up with those who would control the poor instead of joining them in solidarity…to work for the good of all people.”
Jean Chrétien. For refusing to acknowledge any of the concerns expresses to him by Pope John Paul II. Chrétien reacted coolly to the Pope’s concerns about Canada’s support of the UN population conference. In typically Canadian fashion, Chrétien later said that his government representatives will take a middle-of-the-road position on the issue of abortion: they won’t promote it as a method of birth control, but they won’t condemn it either.