Monday, December 29, 2008

Conservative MP Wants Abortion Debate Reopened

Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge, chairman of the Pro-Life Parliamentary Caucus, wants to reopen the debate on abortion. In a CP article published just yesterday he speaks of bringing “more value” to the lives of the unborn. Joyce Arthur, a coordinator for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, is quoted as saying the majority of the Conservative caucus is publicly ‘anti-choice’.

If the Conservatives had a majority government, without fear of facing the electorate for another 4 or 5 years, this might not be an issue. Stephen Harper could appease his socially conservative base with amendments to abortion legislation, with the reasonable belief that over the span of 4 plus years it would fade from the conscious of the electorate.

With an election likely coming within a year, this is the last thing Stephen Harper wants or needs. It harkens back to the days of Preston Manning’s Reform Party, when backbench MPs from his caucus were constantly grabbing headlines by making statements many viewed as intolerant. Harper is nothing if not an astute politician, and he knows that this is an issue Canadians would rather not face. It risks having the new Conservative Party of Canada tarred with the same ‘Intolerant’ label which spelled electoral disaster for the old Reform and Canadian Alliance brands in Central and Eastern Canada.

Click here to read the story as reported in the: Globe and Mail

If you want to read my earlier blog post about this click here: Re-Opening The Abortion Debate

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