Canadian Parliament Rejects Banning Sex-Selective Abortion, Including O’Toole and Rempel

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on June 3, 2021

Yesterday Members of Parliament voted on MP Cathay Wagantall’s private member’s Bill C-233, which was an act to ban the practice of sex-selective abortion, which is a practice primarily targeted at unborn girls.

Unlike the recent motion to suspend federal elections, using COVID-19 as an excuse, which only had Independent MP Derek Sloan vote against it, Bill C-233 actually had a substantial number of MPs take the principled Conservative position on the issue.

Out of 330 votes on C-233, 82 voted to ban sex-selective abortion, and 248 voted to keep sex-selective abortion as a legal practice in Canada. 

Of course among the 82 there were only Conservative MPs and MP Sloan, but what should be concerning to many within the Conservative Party, and especially the shadow Minister, went along with voting down this private member’s bill alongside the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc. 

Overall 81 of current Conservative MPs voted in favour of C-233, and 38 voted against. 

Although some higher-up MPs in the CPC like Tom Kmiec, Bob Zimmer, and Ed Fast voted along with the majority of Conservative MPs. On the other side of the issue Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole, Minister of Health Critic Michelle Rempel Garner, and Jobs and Industry Critic Pierre Poilievre, among other prominent Conservatives voted against banning sex-selective abortion. 

There may be an internal conflict within the CPC over the way their party’s votes broke down on this issue, especially when typically popular Conservatives among the grassroots like Poilievre, and Rempel stand with the Canadian left on what is quite a radical position when it comes to abortion. 

MP Michelle Rempel Garner (Photo from CTV News).

MP Michelle Rempel Garner (Photo from CTV News).

It should also be noted that anywhere from about 60 to over 80 percent of Canadians, depending on the poll, believe sex-selective abortion should be banned, with women being the most likely to disagree with the continuing legality of the practice. 

As The National Telegraph had reported before, this is likely a big campaign issue any party would be smart to pick up, seeing as large portions of Liberal and Bloc voters would consider voting for a party that committed to banning sex-selective abortion.

It may be that O’Toole and the other 37 unsupportive Conservatives in the party do not want to face the leftist media backlash by voting against it, with an MP like Poilievre potentially heavily dissuaded from voting to ban the practice, as he is the most popular Conservative by social media statistics, and it would look bad for O’Toole if Poilievre was out of step with him.


As it stands today Canadian politicians are still overwhelmingly uncomfortable confronting the issue of abortion while Canadians themselves continue moving towards a position of wanting regulations on the manner and time of abortion in the country, as Canada is still one of few countries with no laws regulating abortion. 

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

14 responses to “Canadian Parliament Rejects Banning Sex-Selective Abortion, Including O’Toole and Rempel”

  1. ruth says:

    Barbarians showing their true colors when it comes to selection of deeming little girls less important then boys. Have you learned nothing from China ? Canada I am ashamed of those politicians who have NO heart yet they know that without their mother who bore them ( a female )…they would not be here. God will punish those who give approval to kill human life.

  2. William Legge says:

    Wow what a disappointment. This is it, the Conservative Party has betrayed it principles and is nothing more than Liberal Lite. I figured it so anyway since they have totally failed on fighting against the Covid insanity with illegal lock downs and suspension of our civil liberties. Time for PPC to replace them all they need to do is promise freedom and a amendment of our charter and to never again allow lockdowns and suspension of our civil liberties. For any reason. Also a required re-training of our law enforcement to up hold the charter and punish any who don’t.

  3. Rita Rose says:

    It’s not surprising that more government MP’s voted in favor of keeping this Sex- Selective Abortion since they have already terminated millions of children. Their minds are blank and uncaring which usually happens when a person only cares about keeping a corrupt portion of society happy. These diabolical decisions don’t go unpunished as I believe will happen in the near future. I feel tremendous sadness for the unborn babies.

  4. Darla Stephens says:

    Just one more reason why I can’t support O’Toole as the leader of the conservative party. One may as well vote liberal as the two party leaders are more interested in power than what is right. I am truly disappointed. I’ve been conservative all my life, and now I don’t have any party that I can in good conscience vote for.

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  6. jack says:

    looks like discrimination based on sex is alive and well in Canada

  7. Deborah Ryane says:

    Its definitely a very difficult time! Not one party has a strong ethical work mindset, they all make false promises just to get elected, like using money to hand out like it’s candy. We need an intelligent party with courage to do what’s right for the people, with honesty. They work for the people or at least they are supposed to be? We have watched this government continually get away with corruption time and time again! SNC Lavalin, WE Charity, when someone Volunteers they DON’T get PAID! 187 Billion worth of Liberal infrastructure spending that cannot be tracked? How? Constant theft in my view of tax payers money for their own benefit. There is not one party with any principles! I presume the best and only option is make sure there is not a majority for them to go completely off the rails stealing taxpayers money for themselves or controlling Free Speech! etc..

  8. Rosalind Petzold says:

    How hypocritical to mourn the lost lives of the residential school victims while at the same time terminating the lives of children in the womb! We as Canadians ought to have a month of mourning and fasting for all the children whose lives have ended and are ending prematurely through abortion.

  9. Barry says:

    Way to many barbarians in the Conservative party. I am particularly disappointed in O’Toole. I’m afraid he will continue to take this country down the dark path we are on. No trust in him whatsoever. Yay to the Saskatchewan MP’s! The ones at the top of this party have lost their moral direction; what a shame. We need to get back to the princpals of Life, Family and Freedom!

  10. Gerrard Fortin says:

    O Toole , your a complete MORON, A liberal in sheeps clothing ! RESIGN !!!!

  11. don says:

    I plan to stop financially supporting the CPC

  12. Reid says:

    Well that guy certainly has the right last name "OH! (a)TOOL" , not at all surprising.
    He’ll burn in hell! And that’s my warning to all those godless idiots who are governing our cuntry into the ground!

  13. Patrick says:

    Something to take hart in, more and more Canadians are feeling politically homeless so even if the "conservatives" of today carry on like this, one day we will have a choice between vanilla and vanilla