Pro-abortion advocates were, so we were told, prepared to spur dialogue about Henry Morgentaler getting an Order of Canada. They were throwing protocol to the side, they wanted a public reaction to the idea. All in the name of an open, frank discussion, to be sure.
You recall the Globe and Mail poll asking whether Henry should be received into the Order of Canada. I voted, and waited to see the results. Which were never posted in the long line of “past polls.” So I found the old link and checked.
Those results were telling, and pretty devastating if you actually want Morgentaler to belong to the Order of Canada. Upwards of 80 per cent said no.
Now the poll is still open and the results remain unposted. The number of yes votes is slowly increasing. It’s at 10543 votes to the 55117 votes of the no side.
I think we all know these polls are not truly representative: Anyone can vote four times if they want. What these polls show is the level of interest in the topic, the passion, and just a gut reaction to the idea. And the gut reaction showed Canadians don’t want Morgentaler to belong to the Order of Canada.
I’m sure that in time, the pro-abortion side can bring the poll up to a 50-50 tie. Point is, they’ve had to work a whole lot harder to do so. One would assume, given the whole thing is their idea, that it would have been no problem. But Canadians are not passionately interested in this topic, they are learning, save for a couple of National Abortion Federation supporters sitting pretty. And those who are interested, say no.
This is not the way the Globe usually does polls. Perhaps they can’t bring themselves to post the result until they get it “right”. Perhaps a call for a frank, open dialogue on the topic only stands when the results are favourable, otherwise, not so much.
Keep checking here for the poll results.