Rod Bruinooge (C-Winnipeg), your bill to change the Criminal Code to make it illegal for anyone to coerce a woman into having an abortion is done. Finished. Over.
It made first reading in the House, common for a private members bill, and had been eagerly touted by groups such as 4myCanada and bound4life, run by one of the stars of The Armageddon Factor – Faytene Kryskow.
“It’s going to be strongly recommended that the bill be opposed,” said a senior adviser to Mr. Harper, speaking on condition of anonymity. “This is an old debate. Canadians don’t want to have this debate anymore.”
That recommendation, though, could put some Tory MPs in a difficult position.
A resolution adopted by the Conservative Party at its 2008 policy convention reads: “On issues of moral conscience, such as abortion, the definition of marriage, and euthanasia, the Conservative Party acknowledges the diversity of deeply held personal convictions among individual party members and the right of Members of Parliament to adopt positions in consultation with their constituents and to vote freely.”
PMO Communications Director Dimitri Soudas:
[Harper] has never had more than one position on this issue. The debate is over. It’s done, said Soudas.
Canadians don’t have an abortion law and it’s apparent from ongoing polls we don’t want one. Money for Toronto’s Gay Pride parade – gone. Money for international Planned Parenthood – gone. Funding for faith groups – up. The socially conservative anti abortion voters are going to have to deal with this decision, the Conservative MP’s would not have had a whipped vote. Many of Harpers MPs made an apearance at the March for Life last week. That’s fine. The bill is finished since Conservative MPs will be “very strongly recommended” to defeat it.
Coercion is already against the law and Canadians picked up on this C-510 sneak attempt quickly. Chantal Daigle’s 1989 situation had nothing to do with what Bruinrooge was attempting to get passed with help from other groups such as Lifesite, and the Canada Family Action Coalition.
Broonruige is chair of the anti-abortion caucus. Here is a list of some of the members.
C-510 served the conscience of the sponsor, but it doesn’t help the party and it’s goals for a majority or electorate pleasure.