A Green Party candidate in the recent federal election said he was glad that his unborn child was aborted. According to the Terrace Standard, Roger Benham, running in the riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley in British Columbia, inarticulatedly stated during the candidates’ debate on April 20 that “I am sick to death about hearing murdering babies.”

After admitting that he got a woman pregnant when he was 25, he showed little remorse. “Thank God we decided to get rid of it,” Benham said, “really, we do silly things when we’re young… and I’m sorry, but a lot of us men are bloody selfish when it comes to having sex.” Benham continued, “we think it’s nice enough to have a condom on and lo and behold… we get with a woman who looks like the back end of a bus.”

John Hof, president of Campaign Life Coalition British Columbia, told The Interim “the Green Party would be wise to screen their candidates a little more diligently than to have these bigoted anti-women candidates running for their party.” Benham treats women with “disdain,” Hof said, and thus “does not deserve to be a Member of Parliament and a candidate for any party.”

The Green Party’s official abortion policy opposes “any possible government move to diminish the right of a woman to a safe, legal abortion.” It also considers abortion access as a form of family planning and “primary health care” that should be guaranteed by Canada’s maternal health programs both at home and abroad.

In response to Benham’s comments, Rod Taylor, a candidate from the pro-life Christian Heritage Party, condemned Benham’s comments. “No person is like the back of a bus,” Taylor said in defence of the unborn and women. Meanwhile, NDP incumbent MP Nathan Cullen affirmed that he was always pro-choice.

On election day, Cullen won with 54.9 per cent of the vote or 19,443 votes. Benham came in third with 3.1 per cent (1,111 votes) and Taylor placed fourth with 3.0 per cent (1,051 votes).