Ottawa, ON May 11, 2017 – The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is pleased to extend its continued support for the national March for Life¬†taking place in Ottawa today with representation from across the country. The theme for this year’s march is Life – We Stand on Guard for Thee.

As in previous years, the CCRL’s executive director, Christian Elia, is present in Ottawa supporting the cause with media work, ¬†advertising support, and a financial donation on behalf of the CCRL. Dr. Elia participated in EWTN’s live coverage from Parliament Hill. Two of the CCRL’s directors were also in Ottawa for the March for Life. We thank director and seminarian Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald for representing Atlantic Canada and from Ontario, Tanya Granic Allen, pictured below with Elia.

The right to life and the sanctity of human life is fundamental to all of the civil rights issues that the CCRL addresses through its work.

Despite the cold weather and the threat of rain, over 15,000 people assembled on Parliament Hill and marched through downtown Ottawa.

Provincial marches for life also take place simultaneously across Canada, drawing thousands more. Events in Ottawa include Masses, a candlelight vigil, youth workshops, the Rose Dinner and a youth banquet in addition to the march itself.

The CCRL thanks our friends at Campaign Life Coalition for the wonderful work that they do each year with the March for Life.

About the CCRL

Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) ( assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. The CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization with a large nationwide membership base. The CCRL is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

For further information:

Christian Domenic Elia, PhD
CCRL Executive Director