Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mr. Gilles Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, BQ) 

    Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government says it does not wish to reopen the abortion debate. Cardinal Ouellet candidly admitted yesterday that he was raising the abortion issue now because the Conservative government had revived the debate by excluding abortion from its maternal health policy for developing countries.

Does the Prime Minister realize that because of him and his refusal to include abortion in his maternal health policy for foreign nations the abortion debate is again raging in Canada and Quebec?

[English]


    Mr. Speaker, here we have another question on this issue from the Bloc. The truth of the matter is Canadians and Quebeckers do not want to debate this issue. Canadians and Quebeckers want us to save the lives of women and children in the developing world. That is exactly what our maternal and newborn health initiative is about.


     We have a historic opportunity. I ask the opposition to stop this divisive debate and work with us and our G8 partners to save the lives of mothers and children.

[Translation]


    Mr. Speaker, Ottawa’s bishop stated yesterday that an sizeable pro-life caucus is working behind the scenes within the government. The Prime Minister, who controls everything, must know about this caucus. He must also know that Kara Johnson, who was president of the National Council of the Conservative Party, is a member of Opus Dei, and that Nicole Charbonneau Barron, who will again be a candidate for his party in Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, is also a member of Opus Dei, and that a conservative member invited his colleagues to dine with Opus Dei leaders.


    Will the Prime Minister admit that his policy is influenced by the fundamentalist religious right?

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[English]


    Mr. Speaker, our policy is influenced by people like Sharon Marshall from World Vision Canada, who is telling us that over 24,000 children under the age of five will die in the developing world.


     Our government is bringing the G8 leaders together in June to help save the lives of women and children. We have an obligation to try to protect and save the lives of women and children in the developing world. It is a noble and honourable initiative. I ask the opposition to support us instead of engaging in this divisive debate.

[Translation]


    Mr. Speaker, the Minister of International Cooperation said in committee that the government as a whole refused to include abortion in the maternal health initiative. In other words, supposedly pro-choice ministers from Quebec were party to the decision to deny women their fundamental rights.


    Can the Prime Minister tell us his reasons for excluding abortion from the list of measures to promote maternal health?

[English]


    Mr. Speaker, what led us to decide to save the lives of mothers and children was people like Sharon Marshall from World Vision Canada, who has said that she is outraged this debate is being raised in order to distract from the real issue on the table. The real issue is 8.8 million children are dying every year from causes that we could easily prevent with intervention that costs pennies.


     We are listening to people like Sharon Marshall with World Vision Canada. We want to save the lives of mothers and children in the developing world. We have a consensus with our G8 partners. We ask the opposition to support this great initiative.

[Translation]


    Mr. Speaker, first the Conservative government cut funding for groups that help women, and now it is penalizing groups that do not share its backward ideology.


    According to the former president of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, “The [Prime Minister's] government’s policies and actions are systematically killing the women’s movement and stifling important voices—”.


    Why is the Prime Minister so bent on shutting down anyone who opposes his conservative ideology, especially women?


    Mr. Speaker, the truth is that our government increased funding for women to an unprecedented level. We support projects across Canada, including in Quebec. We have to focus on improving the lives of women rather than pitting women’s groups against one another.

 
 
 
Poor Gilles.  The world is passing him by and people are changing their perspectives on abortion.  Too bad he doesn’t get it. Or maybe that’s a fortunate thing.  The pro-aborts have not clued in that Canada is a very different place in 2010.  The pro-abort assumptions and presumptions are long gone.
 
You’ll notice above that Kara Johnson was mentioned by Gilles in his little tirade.  As a delegate at the 2005 National Convention in Montreal for the Ottawa West Nepean Conservative Association, I voted for her for National Council. I see that she’s now president.
 
And here I was thinking that that convention was a waste of time.  It’s amazing how things work out, eh?  Now, she’s whispering political sweet nothings in Harper’s ear.  I love it!
One Response to “Duceppe's Head Implodes, Can't Understand Why Catholics Are Permitted To Hold Office”
  1. William Murphy says:

    I was at the convention too. She ran a good campaign and gave an impressive nomination speech. She is the only National Council member who has visited this city, that I know of.

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