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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Ignatieff's abortion plank changes the channel, and earns him more critisim

We all are aware of Iggy's crass partisan move(*) this week, a move that was intended to smear Prime Minister Harper and paint him into a box on the divisive issue of abortion.

Well, it looks like this one's really gotten away from him and blown up in his face, first with one of his own MP's rebuking him, and now with several Catholic leaders publicly condemning him for playing politics with the important issue of women's and children's health abroad.

And they don't mince their words either...
Calgary Bishop Fred Henry yesterday called Mr. Ignatieff's proposal "pathetic," while on Thursday Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto labelled the Liberal leader's position on abortion and the developing world "sad."

"In light of the many positive contributions that Canada can make to the improvement of maternal and child health, it is astonishing that the leader of the Opposition has issued an official statement advocating contraception and abortion as fundamental elements in addressing this important issue," said Archbishop Collins. "Even those who think that abortion should be allowed do not, however, propose it as a positive contribution to the good of society."

Bishop Henry was even more blunt.

"I thought it was pathetic for a political leader to suggest that abortion is somehow tied to the health of women and children," said Bishop Henry. "It was a particularly crass remark in light of all the orphaned children we now see in Haiti. It was absolutely incredible that he would say that and he is alienating religious people with these comments. This will not win him votes."
Opening up this "Pandora's Box" has also had the effect of forcing him off message for the last few days, because instead of being able to answer questions about other Liberal issues while on the road, he keeps getting hammered with questions from the media about abortion, and about the fallout he's getting over it. He's been forced to react for two days now, instead of being able to put forward the ideas being generated from the various round tables the Liberals are hosting in various cities.

Rule number one... when your opponent is on the ropes, and you have control of the agenda, you DON'T do anything to change the channel. And that's what Ignatieff has gone and done with this one. In trying to score a political cheap shot on Harper, he cleanly missed, and has ended up taking a few blows himself. What's more, is that he's gone and changed the channel for Harper... without Harper even having to say a word on the issue. His caucus has been smart and not put their foot in their mouth, and left Iggy on the stage all by himself on this one... where he's started a fire that he can't seem to put out.

And on that note, I'll say this... thanks for the helping hand Iggy! Oh, don't worry... we'll be surely making use of your remarks in some of those ridings where we were losing support, and where you were starting to make headway. As this one will fire up some of our base that was starting to become apathetic, you just reminded many Canadians of faith why they DON'T want you to become Prime Minister... with an issue that we could never talk about. But you did that for us, so thanks again!

* So much for not using "the politics of division" there guys... wasn't that supposed to be one of you hallmarks Iggy?

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  • At Sat. Feb. 06, 11:36:00 a.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The saddest part is Iggy won't use the word Abortion. If he believes it is such a fundamental right, you think he have the courage to say the word. Didn't anyone tell the Liberal brain trust that the Catholics were already pissed at them for Waffergate and now this. A Catholic voting block could affect numerous ridings, not just in rural Canada but Montreal as well.

  • At Sat. Feb. 06, 11:52:00 a.m. EST, Blogger wilson said…

    Maybe Donolo isn't getting the message,
    Canadians are fed up with the games,
    that includes another Liberal stupid faux scandal!!
    No more wafers....
    The abortion card, and maybe even the Quebec card, are old and boring and non-intellectual.

  • At Sat. Feb. 06, 11:58:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Bec said…

    I was surprised that Bishop Henry was so, shall I say, controlled about this one.
    He call everyone out on garbage like this and he doesn't mince words. He comes at you with both barrels blazing so I would expect, this could be the topic of his Sunday sermon too.

    I just love the convenient Catholics in the Liberals, hey?
    They did the pile on to the PM re the fabricated wafer situation but their own leader opens up this pandora's box, that is a real biggie for Catholics and nada? What a bunch of hypocrites!

  • At Sat. Feb. 06, 03:34:00 p.m. EST, Blogger L said…

    Not only is this offensive, even to pro-choice, non-religious people, it is naive and stupid. People in poor countries often do not have access to vaccines, let alone competent doctors. As well, it insults other nations. I guess his international studies were limited.

  • At Sat. Feb. 06, 04:46:00 p.m. EST, Blogger The_Iceman said…

    As the wise philosopher Biggie Smalls once said:

    "shoot first, ask questions last; that's how most of these so called gangsta's pass..."

    True dat!


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