An accurate account of my comments to the National Post reporter Mark Kennedy on M-408. I do think there is pressure from the top, and I think the opposition parties will either want to keep M-408 out of the House as well, OR, they will desire to get it into the House to embarrass the Conservatives. Both are interesting scenarios. I do not believe M-408 will get through the subcommittee tomorrow, and therefore this will go to a secret vote in the House of Commons. (Three cheers for MP Mark Warawa, who isn’t backing down! Takes chutzpah, and I like people with chutzpah. I also like saying the word “chutzpah,” for anyone who cares to know.) Well, well, well. This will be interesting to watch. I do wish the Conservatives weren’t so keen on sticking it to pro-lifers, which is coming back to bite them in the behind because breaking rules ain’t cool.
Andrea Mrozek, executive director of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, said there are ‘‘no clear reasons’’ why Mr. Warawa’s motion should have been blocked.
She believes the motion should be allowed and MPs should vote for it, adding that she suspects the prime minister’s office was involved.
‘‘I think there’s pressure that comes from the top on this issue.’’
Also, she said the opposition parties are ‘‘desperate’’ to block the motion because they want to avoid the embarrassment of voting against it in the Commons.