Green candidate

Robert Mellalieu

The federal NDP is attacking a local Green candidate for his stand on abortion.

In a national news release, the NDP says Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola Green candidate Robert Mellalieu “refused to identify as pro-choice, saying ‘it is inappropriate to dilute the very complicated question of abortion to a simple binary answer.’”

The NDP release was written to criticize Quebec Green candidate Greg De Luca for saying women should require “medical professionals and family members to sign off on the act” before they can access abortion services.

It added comments from Mellalieu and North Okanagan-Shuswap candidate Marc Reinarz, who said: “abortion must not be a means to birth control.”

The local candidates made their comments to Press Progress, which asked Greens across the country for their positions on abortion after leader Elizabeth May had said she would not stop a Green MP from reopening the abortion debate.

“Mellalieu refused to identify as ‘pro-choice or pro-life,” reported Press Progress. “I believe there should not be a need for abortion,” he is quoted as saying in an article published Wednesday.

Reinarz told the organization, a reporting arm of the Broadbent Institute, he’s pro-choice.

The NDP release concludes: “Elizabeth May and Andrew Scheer have said they will allow a free vote on abortion, while Jagmeet Singh and Justin Trudeau have said they will insist MPs support the right to choose.”