Just wanted to let you know I spoke to my MP, Peter Stoffer this afternoon. He explained why he voted for this bill, and said that his vote was consistent with his approach to private members bills (This is true – he has 38 on the go right now, for instance). However, I still strongly believe he should have made an exception to such an incendiary piece of legislation.
Stoffer puts a lot of emphasis on private members bills, and likes to send as many to committee as possible. To paraphrase to the best of my memory, he said he was aware of the concerns about this bill, and expects the committee to address these concerns, by either letting it die in committee or amending the heck out of it. And he also emphatically assured me he is pro-choice, and will continue to be.
Well, doesn’t that just warm your bleeding heart? Happy fucking International Women’s Day from Mr. Integrity. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.
Also, my kingdom for some Liberals who have some principles (if not backbone) — I mean, really, is “OMG BUT WHAT ABOOT TEH DREADED SOCON RUMP?!!11” the best excuse you folks can come up with? Yeah, cos everyone knows one occasionally has to toss uppity bitches under the red and white campaign bus as a blood sacrifice to the snarling regressive hindquarters of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Bravo Darren, who, in this “Dear Jean” post explaining his reasons for leaving the Grits, hits the problem with this Parliament squarely on the head:
Who is it in the Liberal party who actually thinks that allowing Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to continue governing is good for the party? But more importantly, who is it in the Liberal party who actually thinks that allowing Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to continue governing is good for the country? If they’re as corrupt and scary as the Liberals make them out to be then it’s just as scary that the Liberals keep something like that propped up.
Please spare me the “Canadians don’t want an election” lines too. When was the last time anyone wanted an election? Do you think Canadians wanted to trudge to the polls a couple of years ago in the bitter January cold? No! But they did and they voted for change two years ago. Apparently the party is now “waiting for the perfect time” to topple this government. Is that for the best interests of the country … or the party? Hmmmm.
There are a number of great Liberals. There are some who I hope can turn the party around and help it find it’s backbone again. Those are the ones who should start speaking up and take the party over and they should do so quickly.
[…] I don’t plan to vote Conservative or NDP either. I don’t even know if I could vote Green. The truth is every single leader needs to be replaced at this point. Stephen Harper hasn’t been able to win a majority government and he’s been Leader of the Opposition or Prime Minister for almost six years!
I was patient with Stephane Dion but it’s clear it isn’t working. Jack Layton has been leader of the NDP for five years and he hasn’t exactly shown too much promise either. It’s safe to say I won’t ever vote for Gilles Duceppe or his party.
We have four grey haired guys with as much charisma as a snow shovel running the bickering show here in Canada and we wonder why we have stagnant minority governments, voter apathy and low turnout at the polls? There are record turnouts south of the border where they have a woman, a black man and a war hero running for their highest office. Ladies and gentlemen, we need new leaders to step up to the plate.
At the very least, we need a government committed to maintaining Canadian values, not one hell bent on incrementally implementing a socially regressive agenda that brazenly pisses all over everything that makes Canada Canada. And we especially need an official opposition that isn’t afraid of its own shadow.
When are the Grits going to do their fucking jobs and stop allowing this minority government to rule with impunity?