Us­ing abor­tion wedge a dis­gust­ing tac­tic

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

Four years ago the Lib­eral party fore­told a Canada that would be stripped of its civil lib­er­ties, where mi­nor­ity rights would be tram­pled, where sol­diers would po­lice the streets with guns if the Con­ser­va­tives won the 2006 elec­tion. It’s has been four years and none of the fear-mon­ger­ing pre­dic­tions have come to pass.

But Her Majesty’s Loyal Op­po­si­tion still takes ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to play po­lit­i­cal games, looking for wedges it can drive be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the Cana­dian peo­ple. This time, Lib­eral Leader Michael Ig­nati­eff has de­cided to res­ur­rect an old bo­gey­man at the ex­pense of un­der­priv­i­leged women and chil­dren around the world.

Ig­nati­eff dropped the fes­ter­ing car­cass of abor­tion into the mid­dle of Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper’s an­nounce­ment that he would put the health of women and chil­dren front and cen­tre dur­ing this year’s G7 and G20 meet­ings in Canada. The Lib­er­als have in­sisted that hu­man­i­tar­ian aid should be con­di­tional upon pro­vid­ing ac­cess to abor­tion ser­vices.

As a ci­ti­zen of Canada, I am dis­gusted that he would make abor­tion an ex­plicit con­di­tion of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid. What does pro­vid­ing clean drink­ing wa­ter and medicine to Third World coun­tries have to do with abor­tion? Noth­ing, un­less you are a Lib­eral MP des­per­ately looking for is­sues to di­vide the Cana­dian pub­lic in the hope that this will pro­vide you a boost at the polls.

All Cana­di­ans, both pro-and anti-abor­tion, should be in­sulted at this at­tempt at bla­tant voter ma­nip­u­la­tion at the ex­pense of the world’s most vul­ner­a­ble. Todd Gra­ham pres­i­dent, Syd­ney Vic­to­ria Con­ser­va­tive Rid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

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