About 200 pro-life supporters rallied at the legislature this morning for an annual event that opposes abortion in Canada. Speakers ranged from student leaders to Christian ministers and while Justin Trudeau's contentious declaration was no where on the official agenda, many in the crowd made it clear they disagreed with federal Liberal leader's stand.
"Obviously people are talking about it," said one organizer, Paul Dupre, the leader of the Knights of Columbus, one of the groups that sponsored the morning rally.
Earlier this week in Ottawa, Trudeau declared there is no room for anti-abortionists candidates to run for the Liberal party.
For advocates against abortion, the public declaration is greeted with a sense of betrayal, Dupre said.
"It's going to hurt his chances at getting votes. people were surprised he did make that announcement. They weren't expecting that from him," Dupre said.
The event began at 9:30 a.m. with prayers at the legislature, followed by a march down Memorial Boulevard to Portage Avenue, along Kennedy Street and Broadway, back to the legislature. Organizers put the number of marchers at 750, less than the year before.
This year's event was timed to coincide with similar events elsewhere in Canada. Parliament Hill was the focus of thousands of anti-abortion supporters this week in Ottawa.
The Winnipeg rally was organized by a coalition of Christian groups. They included the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Women's League, the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League, the Campaign Life Coalition, among others.