Rod Taylor of CHP campaigns in Yorkton

Rod Taylor, of the grassroots-level political party CHP (Christian Heritage Party), targeted seniors at the Yorkton Crossing yesterday in the hopes of gaining their vote.

Taylor, who bills his party as the only “Christian-based” party, aims to eliminate Canada’s abortion laws.

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These protect a woman’s right to choose what happens with their own bodies. If the current laws were repealed --- which the CHP claims is necessary --- women who become pregnant, even in involuntary cases such as victims of rape/sexual assault, would no longer have the right to terminate a pregnancy.

“We believe in pro-life,” Taylor said.

CHP’s platform also plans to repeal same-sex marriages.

“We believe in recognizing traditional marriage as between a man and a woman.”

LGBTQ rights would be impacted. Same-sex marriages would no longer be considered legal.

The party, which nominated its first candidates in 1988, admits it has challenges. What did they feel was their biggest challenge?

“Not that many people know about us,” Taylor said.

“We’re trying to get the word out so more people know who we are, and what we stand for.”

Taylor was born in 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from high school in California and moved to British Columbia in 1968.

“We are the only party that is 100% pro-life, and we support the restoration of traditional marriage -- between one man and one woman.”

The CHP also believes that medically assisted euthanasia should also be made illegal, even in cases where clinically determined by a doctor in consultation with a patient, and even if a patient explicitly asks. If, for example, an individual were in a severe accident and sustained nerve damage that could not be effectively treated, even if quality of life were affected due to pain and other factors, they would no longer have the right to request this treatment.

“The big parties are afraid to handle these important issues,” he said.

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