Amidst the media frenzy over Justin Trudeau’s deliberate remarks that likened the Conservative’s immigration policies to Canada’s anti-Semitic policies of the 1930s, scant attention was paid to the rest of his ill-conceived address.
On abortion, the Liberal leader has been unapologetic. Trudeau has mandated that all candidates for the upcoming election hold pro-abortion views, which is to say, they already make up their minds on any potential legislation touching this issue, before it is even introduced in the House of Commons.
Unsurprisingly, taking away the right to a free vote on any matter is something that does not sit well with many Canadians, including pro-life and pro-choice voters, who would like to see MPs empowered. Trudeau used his platform Monday night as an opportunity to rebuff this legitimate criticism.
“…It is based on a value judgment about whose freedom is more important: that of an MP elected as a Liberal, or that of Canadian women… For Liberals, the right of a woman to control her body is more important than the right of a legislator to restrict her freedom with [his or her] vote. MPs who disagree with that have other choices,” he said.
This is rich. Trudeau is trying to have his cake and eat it too. You see, Canadians like the idea of electing MPs that matter, and want to have a real representative in Ottawa. That is why only a few months ago, Trudeau came out in favor of a private member’s bill called the Reform Act. In his support of the Reform Act, Trudeau said: “We believe MPs should be their community’s voice in Ottawa, not the Prime Minister’s voice in their community.”
Not so fast, Justin. Should MPs be their community's voice in Ottawa, or should Liberal MPs be your voice in their communities? You simply can’t have it both ways.
And on abortion, this is not a black and white issue for most Canadians. Sure there are strong advocates on both sides, but for many there are shades of grey.
You see, many reasonable Canadians who consider themselves pro-choice oppose late term abortions. How would a future MP who would like to see gestational limits, vote on a bill regarding this issue? First, they should read the bill to understand it, unless of course they are elected as a Liberal, in which case, no need to even read the important legislation. Their leader made up their minds for them well before the previous election.
And what about on the issue of gendercide? On this matter, many “pro-choice” Canadians, including women, recoil at just the mention of this barbaric reality. But as Trudeau told me last April, free of any emotion, this is a matter for discussion “between a women and the health professionals she encounters.”
In light of the real controversy that Justin Trudeau’s speech caused on Monday night, it is easy to overlook many of the other themes that he talked about. But it would be a shame if we were to overlook the would-be prime minister justifying eroding the responsibilities and rights of members of Parliament.
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