8/28/2008

On Bill C-484

Earlier in the week I called my MP's office (Dean Allison) for clarification regarding the apparent Conservative abandonment of Bill C-484.
This morning, someone called me back.
It was an interesting conversation, to say the least. Suffice it to say, the media has played this story into something it's not.
The Conservatives are not abandoning or distancing themselves from Bill C-484 or abortion. In fact, it is a mistake to view Nicholson's recently proposed alternative as such. The guy I spoke to over the phone suggested that the Conservatives do not think that Epp's bill will pass in the house, given the fact they only have a minority and the recent inappropriate focus on abortion by a small group of extremists who have totally misrepresented the bill. He said that both the Bloc and the NDP will be voting against the bill and most Liberals are likely to either do the same or simply not show up to vote. If that is the case, then it's hard to see how Epp's bill could pass.
Nicholson's bill is intended to provide the same protection to pregnant women, should Epp's bill not pass.
If Epp's bill does pass, and both I and the guy on the phone hope it does, then great.
My MP will be voting in support of Epp's bill.

As an aside, until I have seen Nicholson's bill I am not going to comment on what protection it does or does not provide to pregnant women and their unborn children. It's probably better for me to withhold judgment for now until I have more information.

8/26/2008

The Conservatives and the Unborn

I received an email this morning that suggested Bill C-484 could be on its deathbed. Stories in the news this morning also suggest this could be the case. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has announced that the Conservative Government will introduce legislation to bolster penalties for those who assault pregnant women effectively killing Bill C-484, the Unborn Victims of Crime Act. Nicholson's bill would make pregnancy an aggravating factor for judges to take into account when sentencing those who assault pregnant women.
The suggested reason for this shift is a potential election this fall. Some fear that reopening the abortion debate could alienate voters, cost the Conservatives seats and perhaps even result in a Liberal government.
This is ridiculous.
The Liberals simply cannot win an election right now. Dion is not leadership material. The party is in debt and cannot afford to run a campaign.
The idea that protecting a pregnant woman and her unborn child might somehow alienate voters considering the Conservative party is even more ridiculous!! Despite our lack of law, many polls have already shown that most Canadians do favour some protection for the unborn. The type of people who are against any and all forms of protection for the unborn would not consider voting for the Conservatives under any circumstances because they are extremists in their view. There is simply no reason to play to them!
The Conservatives would be much, much wiser to stress yet again that the bill does not impact current abortion laws. The party ought to hold a free vote. If it passes, then that is the will of the people. Extremist groups are going to have to live with it. That is democracy! The government shouldn't play to the will of special interest groups who care more about themselves rather than the will of the masses.

Stephane Dion on the Michael Coren Show

When my husband and I watched the show last Thursday, my husband was certain Coren would write an article about Dion's references to God.
Sure enough, he was right.
What can I say? Dion referring to God was nearly blasphemous, as he is hardly what one would call a believer. It is no surprise to me that he did this based on advice he was given. He and others in his party figured to buy the religious vote with a few well-placed Christianese comments.
Unfortunately for Dion, it doesn't work that way for most of us.

My overall impression of Dion was that he gives the appearance of being a likeable fellow. He also seems to genuinely believe in the Liberal cause. He honestly thinks that the Liberal party is the best political solution for Canada. For him, it probably isn't all about power. This cannot be said of all Liberal politicians.
The problem is the Liberal plan, especially as it pertains to the carbon tax, simply isn't the best plan for Canada. As evidenced by his answers regarding childcare, he simply does not respect or understand the role of parents over their children. He would over-tax us into economic ruin all the while genuinely believing he was doing the best thing for the country.
And then there is his presence... or rather, lack thereof. I just don't see this guy sitting in a room full of international leaders, protecting our national interests. I simply don't see him with spine enough to do what is best for our country.
Whenever the next election is, the Conservatives ought to be a shoo in.
Which brings me to my next post...
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