The debate that isn't supposed to be opened
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said pretty clearly yesterday that he didn't want to reopen the abortion debate. He's made that clear since Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff put the issue on the table back in January. Apparently, two of his MPs weren't listening. Brad Trost and Maurice Vellacott, two Saskatchewan MPs, penned their views in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix several weeks back. (h/t Julie O'Neill at CanWest for reminding us.)
We owe it to pregnant women to provide them with compassionate, caring support so that they do not feel trapped into resorting to abortion, regardless of its legal status. We owe it to the most vulnerable citizens of the developing world -- pregnant mothers and their babies -- to provide the resources they need to survive pregnancy. We are thankful that our prime minister has seen fit to bring Canada to their aid.
Just a couple of backbenchers? Let's not forget that it was Mr. Trost's vocal remonstrations against Gay Pride financing that seemed to send Diane Ablonczy permanently to the Conservative penalty box last summer. As far as I've seen, Trost has not been punished for speaking out back then and there's no reason to expect he'll be punished for being out of sync with the Prime Minister's instructions yesterday either.