PHOTOS: St. Albert-Edmonton candidate Michael Cooper with his campaign manager, former St. Albert mayor Richard Plain. (Photo from Mr. Cooper’s campaign Facebook page.) Below: Screen shots of the Campaign Life questionnaire response page on Friday and the same page today.

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

A website operated by an extreme anti-abortion group has deleted a page that indicates St. Albert-Edmonton conservative candidate Michael Cooper answered its questionnaire by indicating he opposes women’s reproductive rights in all circumstances.

The Campaign Life Coalition replaced the page showing responses by Mr. Cooper, 31, indicating he is opposed to a woman’s right to have an abortion even if she is the victim of rape or her life is in danger with another that says he made no response to the group’s questionnaire.

The group made the same change to the page showing answers to its questionnaire by Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan Conservative Garnett Genuis, another candidate to which Campaign Life has given its full “green light” recommendation to supporters.

Readers may click on the links to view screen shots of the old page and the new one. The old page had indicated Mr. Cooper answered “no” to the question “Are there any circumstances under which you believe a woman should have access to abortion?”

Mr. Cooper’s campaign manager Richard Plain said in an email to AlbertaPolitics.ca early yesterday evening that “Michael Cooper did not fill out a survey as reported on the Campaign Life Coalition website.”

“This mistake has been corrected and the erroneous material has been removed,” said Dr. Plain, a former St. Albert mayor, in response to a query from AlbertaPolitics.ca about whether he knew why the Campaign Life site had been altered.

By publication time, however, Dr. Plain had not responded to follow-up emails asking what Mr. Cooper’s position is on the Campaign Life question about whether there are circumstances in which he believes access to abortion should be permitted.

Despite the changes, the Campaign Life website continues to state that “Cooper has been actively involved in the pro-life movement for many years and is known to CLC leaders.”

If anything, this development increases the need for voters to question Mr. Cooper about his views on women’s reproductive rights on their doorsteps and at Thursday’s election forum sponsored by the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce.

The forum is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at the St. Albert Inn and Suites, 156 St. Albert Trail.

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9 Comments

  1. Alberta, you must elect Mr. Cooper. You owe it to the rest of Canada. Who else could replace the vacuum left by Rob Anders? You have given us so much. Please don’t let us down in our time of need. And you know what the good book says. God abhors a vacuum.

  2. As I’ve said ad nauseum … This is how ALL the Reform-Alliance – Klien gov’t – harper-conservatives operate. They lie and they cheat. Ideology forgives any and all sins to maintain power.
    That some have not been caught at it does little to change the obvious character and operational imperative of the many.

  3. Common St Albert-Edmonton. Haven’t you had enough of the nasty negative Harperites and their dirty tricks and lack of moral fibre. You know Harper and his gang hate Canadians and the goodness and decency this country used to stand known for. We need our country back. Surely you have had enough. Kick Harper out on the 19th.

  4. I’m going through the stages of grief and I’m somewhere between kick Brad in the nads and kick Thom in the ass. So, to keep my spirits up, I thought I’d post a couple of inspirational quotes.
    True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
    Kurt Vonnegut

    There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.
    Kurt Vonnegut

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