Can’t tell you how many people I meet who are fiscally and politically left–and pro-life. So the question is, how many swing votes would a party win if they added the life issue to the roster? Parties only ever consider who they might lose–but done carefully, I think there are many votes to gain. Too late, I know, but it’s a conversation I had this past weekend.
I’ve poked fun of Judith Timson before: Her views on life are about as out of touch as, well, the rest of Toronto’s elite. Bygones–this piece about voting is a good one. Voting is, however, more than a thrill, rather a true right in democratic countries. (Politics is personal in so many regards: I’m Canadian because my parents were denied this right, among others. I don’t wish communism on anyone–but my family history lends a certain perspective, which puts me squarely in the Take Voting Seriously camp.)
The Conservatives’ legislative enthusiasms are almost guaranteed to repel women voters: Wars, tougher criminal treatment of children, funding cuts to women’s groups, lack of interest in universal daycare and access to abortion.
The only problem with cuts to “women’s groups” is that they have not been sweeping enough and they still retain funding so they can lobby the government for partisan purposes using my tax dollars.
It’s enough to make a girl cry.