Canadian March for Life 2006 - 5,700 Take
Part - Goal Set for 10,000 Next Year
OTTAWA, May 15, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- Nearly six thousand people from across Canada took part in the annual March
for Life in the national capital Thursday. The perfect weather, a warm day
with cloud cover to keep the burning sun at bay, was very much appreciated by
the upbeat crowd made up mostly of youth, thousands of whom arrived on buses
from high schools in Ontario.
Campaign Life Coalition President Jim Hughes told LifeSiteNews.com that he
was invigorated by the youth presence. "It was excellent," he said, "It
recharged my batteries seeing all those happy, upbeat young people there.
It was wonderful to be around them since they can see there'll be a change in
At the dinner, former Liberal MP Pat O'Brien was awarded the Joseph P.
Borowski award for his heroism in battling in Parliament for life and family.
Beginning with a candle-light prayer vigil Wednesday, the March for Life and
its associated events included the Rose Dinner and Youth Conference the
The Rose Dinner was completely sold out and over 900 participants were
treated to an address by Priests for Life President Fr. Frank Pavone, which left
many pro-life leaders in awe. Reflecting on Fr. Pavone's address, Aidan
Reid, National Affairs Director for Campaign Life told LifeSiteNews.com it was
"the most incredible talk I've ever heard."
The Youth Conference which took place Friday was also completely booked.
Hughes said the youth were very enthusiastic hearing from LifeSiteNews.com
editor John-Henry Westen, UN lobbyist Sam Singson, and Conservative Member of
Parliament Pierre Lemieux, among others.
Hughes told LifeSiteNews.com that while he has never done so before, the very
positive experience of this year's March has led him to set a goal of 10,000
participants for next year's March for Life.
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