A splendid column about the Liberals’ stance on abortion.
The Conservatives haven’t gone near abortion in four years of power, and show no desire to. Their proposal to champion greater support for the health of women in children in low-income countries stayed well clear of the issue, for the very good reason that good health doesn’t require abortion in any way, shape or form. Beating at it with a stick, as the Liberals insist on doing, just distracts from the main goal, which is to improve the conditions of people who need it.
Canadians may have accepted that there’s little chance we’ll ever reach a national consensus on abortion, and that it’s better not to fight about it, but that’s not the same as active support. Let this issue out of the box and there’s no telling what damage it will do, and to whom. Establishing itself as a party determined to promote liberal abortion policies may please the Bob Rae faction of the Liberal establishment, but there’s no evidence Mr. Rae’s personal views command support from the majority of Canadians. As was shown yesterday, they can’t even carry the caucus.
So, the issue is settled, right?by