Problem is, they didn’t mean to. At least, I don’t think they meant to, since nowhere in their long and varied list of election promises did they pledge to divert the country into a debate over abortion.
VIDEO: Campaign Life video highlights from the March for Life in Ottawa in 2018.
Far from it. The Liberals’ usual approach to abortion is to use it as a cudgel against any and all Conservatives they feel are in line for a smearing. Stephen Harper was a regular target. Remember how he was going to put troops in the streets and take away “a woman’s right to choose?” The “hidden agenda” was a regular feature of Liberal attacks, for all nine years that it remained hidden (and remains hidden to this day, now that you mention it).
The Liberals’ usual approach to abortion is to use it as a cudgel against any and all Conservatives they feel are in line for a smearing
Ontario’s Liberals are even now attempting to convince voters that Doug Ford is scheming to rob women of control of their bodies, all because he suggested it might be an idea for parents to be informed if their underaged daughter was planning on ending a pregnancy. Hysteria has become a vital Liberal campaign tool.
In Trudeau’s case, the means of reviving the abortion debate seemed innocuous enough. A program whereby Ottawa shovels money into summer jobs — helping young people raise cash for tuition and other expenses — was turned into part of the prime minister’s crusade to eradicate any and all opposition to his views on women and unborn children. His personal stand was already well known — you couldn’t hold a different opinion from the prime minister and be welcomed into the Liberal caucus. If you did somehow manage to sneak in, and made public your concerns, you would be punished.
So the baseline was drawn, and it must have seemed natural to extend it to cover other areas of activity, including summer jobs. Why not make applicants for summer grants bow down to Liberal beliefs? Force them to attest in writing that they didn’t hold an opinion contrary to the approved Liberal credo, even if they were seeking help for activities that lacked even the remotest link to procreation?
Such is the case with Rhea Lynne Anderson and William Anderson, a couple from Brooks, Alta., who run a small irrigation company, A-1 Irrigation & Technical Services, which employs nine people and provides “ecologically responsible” services to agriculture operations. The Andersons applied to Canada Summer Jobs, hoping to hire a student interested in water conservation. The response was a letter from Ottawa insisting they check off a box on the application demanding their adherence to the government’s abortion stand.
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