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

Canadian Press is reporting that pro-life MPs have discovered another tactic that they can use in the House of Commons.

Following the failure of Motion M-312, what pro-life MPs have started to do is to present pro-life themed petitions to the House. Petitions from the public are almost always heard after Question Period, and this allows the presenter of the motion to address the subject briefly.

However, the story adds, “The House of Commons manual of procedure and practice states that MPs are not bound to present any petition, nor does presenting a petition signify an endorsement.” This would allow Tory MPs to tell Harper, “I’m just presenting the petition. You don’t want me to tell my constituents to get lost, do you?”

CP adds that of the more than 20 such petitions so far, all save one by Lawrence MacAulay of the Liberals have been presented by Tories.

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  1. Rick Hiebert says:

    Vancouver’s morning tabloid–The Province–responds editorially to all this:

    “The abortion debate is over, so shut up”

    http://blogs.theprovince.com/2012/11/20/editorial-the-abortion-debate-is-over-so-shut-up/

    Didn’t appear in today’s print edition, though. But you’ll see on the page that it is described as an editorial, and that comments on it may be directed to the editorial page editor.

    Did it run yesterday? Or will it run on Wednesday? It will be interesting to see if The Province has–or had–the guts to say to its pro-life readers “Shaddap!” in the version of the paper that most folks would be likely to see

  2. Rick Hiebert says:

    That editorial ran in the paper edition of The Province this morning…

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