Re­spect di­ver­sity

The Enterprise-Bulletin (Collingwood) - - OPINION -

One of Justin Trudeau’s favourite and oft- re­peated rhetor­i­cal fal­si­ties is a so- called Lib­eral re­spect for di­ver­sity and dif­fer­ences of opin­ion in Par­lia­ment.

He clearly demon­strated just how much he re­ally re­spects di­ver­sity and dif­fer­ences of opin­ion when his govern­ment, with the co- op­er­a­tion of the NDP, con­temp­tu­ously ousted Con­ser­va­tive MP Rachael Harder as chair of the sta­tus of women com­mit­tee be­cause of her “pro- life” con­vic­tions. This is as clear a demon­stra­tion as it could pos­si­bly be that if you dis­agree with this PM on cer­tain key moral con­vic­tions, ex­pect shame, dis­dain and to be si­lenced in­stead of hon­our and re­spect. Once again, he has, by his ac­tions, proven that the voices of all Cana­di­ans do not mat­ter in the cham­bers of Par­lia­ment.

Use of the word “dis­crim­i­na­tion” in this case is hardly out of place and Trudeau has sent a ter­ri­ble mes­sage to Par­lia­ment and all Cana­di­ans. He has done noth­ing less than make Rachael Harder a vic­tim of a vi­o­la­tion of her Char­ter rights even though she was com­pletely qual­i­fied to head up this com­mit­tee.

The very pur­pose of this com­mit­tee is to give a voice to and rep­re­sent all women in Canada. The fact that with Harder as chair there would be ten­sion and dis­agree­ment on is­sues like abor­tion and re­pro­duc­tive rights should in no way dis­qual­ify her and her con­vic­tions should never be held against her or other women with the same views. Surely, such dis­crim­i­na­tion is in con­flict with the spirit of the very Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms the prime min­is­ter claims to re­spect. You should not be re­quired to be in align­ment with the prime min­is­ter’s prej­u­dices to qual­ify for such a po­si­tion.

Trudeau cam­paigned on a theme of “real change,” but the shame­ful ac­tions of the Lib­er­als on this is­sue and too many oth­ers to men­tion prove his in­sin­cer­ity and the con­tin­u­ing hypocrisy of this this govern­ment. Dis­crim­i­nat­ing against politi­cians or any Cana­dian who op­poses abor­tion on grounds of moral­ity and con­vic­tion should not and must not be tol­er­ated and Cana­di­ans need to be alarmed by such ac­tions. Gerald Hall Nanoose Bay, B. C.

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