Ken Epp designs and proposes Bill C-484. It’s uncontroversial among Canadians, who overwhelmingly approve of it in public opinion polls, until it passes second reading. At this point, pro-abortion extremists get worried. They begin a (at least somewhat successful) public campaign to discredit the bill and to create fears that really Bill C-484 intends to change our abortions laws, and give unborn people personhood status. In order to overturn Bill C-484, they put forward their own legislation, through Liberal MP Brent St. Denis.
The government’s proposed solution is actually already before the House of Commons. It was put forward last May by Liberal MP Brent St. Denis (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing) in a private member’s bill that adds the targeting of a pregnant woman to a list of sentencing factors.
Joyce Arthur supports that legislation, publicly:
Now, Joyce Arthur, the head of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada and one of the top pro-abortion activists attacking the bill to protect pregnant women, is urging support for an alternative. In an editorial released on Monday, she said she prefers the new bill C-543 by Liberal MP Brent St Denis.
Rob Nicholson copies that legislation, much to the chagrin of many supporters of Bill C-484.
And then Joyce Arthur says this:
Joyce Arthur, of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, believed that C484 would have led to making abortion illegal. However, she said that she too could see no reason for what Mr. Nicholson is proposing.
Keeping up with the inconsistencies is totally exhausting.by
Joyce Arthur says
Actually Andrea, I never said I could see “no reason.” I told Charlie Lewis “we don’t think such an amendment is even necessary, but it’s an acceptable compromise if it would help get rid of Bill C-484.” If you read my whole article about C543 vs C484 (which it seems you didn’t) – http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action/bill-c543.htm, you’ll see there’s no contradiction between supporting C543 as a politically expedient measure to counter C484, while noting that it’s not necessary, strictly speaking (although it wouldn’t hurt and could even enhance women’s reproductive rights).
Frank Ruffolo says
The very same people that created those fears over B C-484 will now start creating more fears over that annual election right called the hidden agenda.
Once the writ is dropped get your engines started because hidden agenda time is here folks. Canadians will be hearing all about this hidden agenda that is so hidden that nobody is ever really told what this hidden agenda really is all about.
Of course as we all know the ultimate hidden agenda is always guess what, the right wing hidden agenda which of course every Canadian knows is far different than the left wing hidden agenda.
I don’t know how they do it. It’s exhausting me to even think about that upcoming hidden agenda play that Canadians are going to be told about over and over and over again over the course of this election campaign once the writ is dropped.
Once this election is over and done with Canadians will get a reprieve and won’t be hearing about hidden agendas until the next election campaign.