Monday, August 25, 2008

The Problem Is, Do You Believe Him?

Rob Nicholson said this today, as the Tory government killed Bill C-484:
"We've heard criticism from across the country, including representatives of the medical community, that Mr. Epp's bill as presently drafted could be interpreted as instilling fetal rights. Let me be clear. Our government will not reopen the debate on abortion," Mr. Nicholson said.

"For this reason ... I'm announcing that the government will introduce legislation that will punish criminals who commit violence against pregnant women but do so in a way that leaves no room for the introduction of fetal rights."
Of course, this is the same Rob Nicholson who just a year and a half ago was saying that the Tories would never throw the fixed election date law overboard, so....
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1 comment:

  1. The issue was neutralized with that vote in the last policy convention. (55% favoured no law on abortion, defeating a proposed plank to put limitations in the last trimester.)

    Now, it's true that the PM, the Justice Minister, and a majority of the delegates in the last policy convention could have been lying through their teeth (no, really -- like when Harper pulled the nation resolution out to wrong-foot the Bloc), but it's not something that the electorate will readily believe.