One of the problems that the liberals have faced in recent years is that they are seen as just a faded copy of the conservatives. By rejecting applicants who are anti-abortion he show s that the liberals are solidly opposed to the Harper governments ideology, More to the point he is courting the progressive voters, knowing full well that anyone who has even the slightest interest in the abortion saga is bound to vote for Harper’s evangelicals so he loses no one and should gain many. Smart Move.
Smart move too for seeing that the toxic abortion issue should bring out his voters en mass. Already he is getting lots of publicity