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.