Our next premier, Frank Coleman, may be well known to the power, moneyed elite of the province, but to the ordinary citizen he is pretty much an unknown. He is a powerful man; after all, not one cabinet minister would dare challenge him for the party leadership.
There should be a very real concern with Mr. Coleman and his staunch, public support of the Catholic religion. How far will he push his religious ideas?
He has already shown how he feels about abortion by taking part in numerous public demonstrations against it. His willingness to take away a woman’s right to choose is a serious matter.
The province’s school system is nondenominational. Children can no longer be indoctrinated into a particular faith, including the Catholic faith. Since Mr. Coleman was an original founder and past chair of the private Catholic, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, in Corner Brook, would he return the province to denominational education? When asked this question recently, Mr. Coleman said he would need to look into it more. That’s not a very reassuring answer.
The Catholic Church is against artificial birth control. We need to know if Mr. Coleman supports this view. Would he take action as premier, resulting in making it difficult for women to obtain artificial birth control?
The Catholic Church discriminates against homosexuals and is against gay marriage. Does Mr. Coleman agree with the church? What actions would he take as premier in support of the church’s position?
Finally, the Catholic religion discriminates and gives women a second-class status and has made many rulings that attack women’s equality and freedom (after two centuries, not one female pope, bishop or priest). Wouldn’t it be a good idea to find out where Mr. Coleman stands on this matter?
If, like his church, he believes women are second-class, we need to know this.