If you do a search for “408” at this House of Commons Hansard link, you will find Niki Ashton’s commentary on Motion 408. This motion (not a bill) decries female sex selection as being contrary to women’s equality in Canada. And yet, Niki Ashton find a way to parcel this up as being against women’s rights. Which made me think of this song:
Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to express the concern and outrage I am hearing from Canadian women across the country. They have raised their voices to say that when the member for Saskatoon—Wanuskewin awarded medals of honour to anti-choice activists he crossed the line. In the Conservative Party of Canada, the anti-choice movement has found a powerful ally. Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner, both convicted criminals, represent a major threat to our hard-won reproductive rights. Every time they violate the provincial injunctions to keep women safe, they give strength to those people who think women deserve to be harassed, assaulted and even physically harmed when they seek health care in Canada. For the member opposite to be honouring this kind of behaviour is nothing short of outrageous.This is not the first instance of a Conservative war on women’s rights, but the latest in a pattern of anti-choice actions. From Motion No. 312 to Motion No. 408, we are witnessing just how far the Prime Minister will allow his caucus to push back the clock on a woman’s right to choose.