Musings —05.19.2010 04:27 PM—
Let’s now see you tell the entire Province of Quebec to “shut the fuck up,” Mr. Tough Guy:
Quebec to Harper: enough with the ambiguity over abortion (Abortion-Flap-Quebec)
Source: The Canadian Press
May 19, 2010 17:13
MONTREAL – The Quebec legislature has taken aim at the Harper government over abortion and demanded a clear expression of support for a woman’s right to choose.
With that, a debate that remained largely dormant in national politics for over two decades suddenly threatens to become a federal-provincial issue.
Politicians on both sides of the legislature unanimously adopted, by a margin of 109-0, a pro-choice motion Wednesday.
The motion demands that the federal government continue to respect free access to abortion, end its “ambiguity” on the issue, and stop cutting funding to women’s groups that favour abortion.
But a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper insisted the government would not be drawn into a debate over abortion.
“The prime minister has consistently said throughout his political career, before we formed the government and even after, that our government will not initiate or support legislation that reopens the debate on abortion,” said Dimitri Soudas.
While the Harper government has repeatedly promised not to introduce abortion legislation, its refusal to fund abortions as part of a G8 maternal-health initiative is among several recent events that reopened a debate that had been largely absent from federal politics since the late 1980s.
Opponents say they fear a repeat of the strategy being used to kill the gun registry, where a backbench MP introduces a bill with widespread support from the government.