The federal Conservative government has admitted to re-funding the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Conservative MP Brad Trost issued this in response:
Response to the Federal Government’s Decision to Fund IPPF
September 28th, 2011
Late in the afternoon of Thursday, September 22nd, I received a phone call from the Prime
Minister’s Office (PMO) about a news story on the CBC that had run earlier in the day. The
CBC reported that the federal government had approved funding for the International Planned
Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
A PMO staffer explained to me that the story had not been accurate when it ran, but due to
the day’s events, the CBC story was mostly accurate now. Apparently, six staffers in CIDA
Minister Bev Oda’s office had been working on a grant to fund IPPF — and one of them
decided to leak the story to the CBC.
Rather than deny the story, a decision was made to rush funding to IPPF to the tune of $6
million over three years. (I was told that the funding letter was sent out at 4 pm that
People have asked how funding IPPF squares with the repeated statement that Canada will
not fund abortion internationally. The PMO attempts to square this circle by only permitting
IPPF funding to go into countries that ban abortion.
Considering that promoting abortion internationally is central to the identity of IPPF, this sort of
political hairsplitting only seems to make sense in the Ottawa bubble. This is a position I totally
Since 2006, Conservative MPs have been asking to have IPPF defunded.
In 2006, our request that federal funding for IPPF be stopped was ignored because we asked
politely–and behind closed doors.
In 2009, we became more aggressive and began to take our campaign public.
Many, many Conservative MPs pressed the PMO to stop the funds from flowing. Federal
funding did stop for a time. Funds allocated to IPPF were considerably reduced. Furthermore,
federal grants for IPPF also had more strings attached.
This only happened because of the pressure applied. This was a real victory.
Bureaucrats have fought for years to keep the status quo and continue the funding of the IPPF
that was established by the Liberals.
The battle over the IPPF continues.
Pro-Life politicians have been taught a lesson.
The government only responds to Pro-Life issues and concerns when we take an aggressive
We will apply this lesson.
Here is some news coverage of Trost’s courageous stand: Saskatoon StarPhoenix, CTV, CBC, and the Toronto Sun.
You should send a note of support to Brad Trost (Saskatoon-Humboldt), especially if you are from Saskatchewan. His contact info:
505B Nelson Road
Saskatoon, SK S7S 1P4
Phone: (306) 975-6133
Toll Free: (866) 797-6133
Fax: (306) 975-6670
We need more politicians like Brad Trost who are willing to stand up on principle, especially when their courageous actions involve going against their own party leader.