Liberals to reach out to evangelicals?

So apparently Iggy’s new play is to reach out to evangelical voters. I was surprised to learn that the Liberal party was once the party for Catholics. Pollster Andrew Greenville writes,

Catholic churchgoers have traditionally been voting red (Liberal) for decades, if not centuries. But for the first time in the history of polling, Catholics who are regular churchgoers shifted away from lending the largest measure of their support to the Liberals (42 percent voted Conservative, 40 percent Liberal).

And now? Catholics are moving more and more to the right. In the last election, 49% of elections voted for the Conservatives compared to 38% in 2004.

Heading up Iggy’s plan is Liberal MP from Scarborough-Guildwood, John McKay. And wouldn’t you know, McKay was once the moderator for Spring Garden Church. He has a flawless pro-life and traditional marriage voting record.  He also contributed to McGill University Press’s controversial Divorcing Marriage. It’s encouraging to know that McKay has an actual place in the Liberal party given his beliefs and voting record. I remember Mark Noll pointing out in What happened to Christian Canada that Canada’s liberal multiculturalism minister in the last government had said in the House that Christianity was an enemy of diversity (sorry I can’t give a citation, I’m paraphrasing from memory).

Brian Lilley concludes,

The question for the Liberals now becomes what will be on offer? Same-sex marriage is a dead issue in Canadian politics and abortion is something none of the party leaders wish to touch, except to express support for the status quo. My bet is for an appeal, not to the Social Gospel that once inspired the ranks of the NDP, but for what Catholics often call the preferential preference for the poor. Which party is the most compassionate to the downtrodden here at home and in the developing world during a time of economic uncertainty? I’ll bet Michael Ignatieff sees that as the ticket to winning back this particular voting block.