A $6 million slap on the wrist for Mr. Trost?

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

The Conservative government has decided to give the International Planned Parenthood Federation $ 6 million to fund “sex education and contraception in five developing countries”, the CBC is reporting.

The funding proposal had sat on the desk of cabinet minister Bev Oda for a year, and was recently approved after being tweaked and re-submitted.

Bene D reported on this earlier this year.

I noted this in passing shortly after the election. What happened during the election, may make this current news very interesting.

The CBC story connects the dots. It reminds us that during the election, Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost made a bit of a fuss when he told his provincial pro-life group that the Tories had decided not to give Planned Parenthood the money due to lobbying by various pro-life MPs.

The resulting media attention to Trost’s remarks caused Stephen Harper to adamantly state that despite efforts of pro-life MPs such as Trost, voters needed to be reassured that the abortion issue was closed, as far as he was concerned. My local tabloid headlined the story on his remarks “No no, never, says Harper”.

The CBC story notes that the federal government grant explicitly does not go to funding of abortion services. Pro-lifers such as Faytene Grasseschi, who has posted a video urging voters to lobby against the Planned Parenthood grant, could perhaps argue in the future that the Canadian grant could free up resources that would otherwise pray for contraception to provide abortions instead.

The former Faytene Kryskow is seeking to argue that the grant is undemocratic, as it is against the will of Tory MPs. I don’t know about this, as perhaps the new, curent caucus had no problem with the grant as currently set up. Perhaps the old or new MPs had never formally discussed it, and any opposition was merely informally passed in during conversations in hallways on the Hill, in which case, the grant would not flout Parliamentary conventions.

Is this as a possible rebuke of Brad Trost for arguing that pro-life MPs were influential, at an inconvenient time, by Tory power brokers?

Brad Trost won’t be talking about that possibility, or other pro-life topics, for the next little while, I expect.

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5 Responses to A $6 million slap on the wrist for Mr. Trost?

  1. Rick Hiebert says:

    Some advice for Faytene…

    In her video, she leans heavily on a motion proposed by Bob Rae in the last Parliament which would have compelled the government to fund Planned Parenthood at that time. It was defeated.

    That defeat, she says, means that the current House of Commons is rejecting parliamentary democracy by changing its mind.

    Not so.

    1) Parliaments are not entirely bound by the actions of past Parlaiments. Otherwise elections would be pointless.

    2) If an ardently pro-life government seeking to ban abortion were ever to take power in Canada, they would necessarily have to start repealing and amending legislation and regulations en masse.

    Faytene wouldn’t want to have argued “You can’t change what Parliament voted on” if she hopes to cheer on this sort of hypothetical pro-life government, as it sets its mind to do such work.

  2. Torontonian says:

    I love this quote:” The former Faytene Kryskow is seeking to argue that the grant is undemocratic, as it is against the will of Tory MPs.” . . . .

    What about the will of the Canadian people;does that not count?

    Think back to the fuss created in the US about JFKennedy’s
    Catholicism and how it did not affect his leadership.

    The text: “The former Faytene Kryskow . . . .
    suggests more than a name change. It suggests that
    her influence is diminishing. And not before time!

  3. Mark Byron says:

    The grant is probably democratic in the sense that a majority of Canadians would likely be in favor of it. The Conservatives got about 38% of the vote on their way to a parliamentary majority, and the vast majority of the other 62% was to their left. There are some pro-life Grits and Dippers, but there are roughly a like amount of non-SoCon Tories to even the count out.

    Sometimes, the “Red Tories” win one; this seems to be one of those cases.

  4. jordan says:

    I think it’s interesting that this story (apparently) wasn’t broadcast much in America. I mean, maybe I missed it in the news (which could very well have happened(, but this is the first place that I heard about this.
    Whether or not people agree with what happens, I think there should be open discussion. The more people aware and dialoging about recent events, the more likely that the best ideas will emerge.
    Hiding important news is dangerous.
    At least, that’s my opinion.

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