Issachar's Musings

Putting my ideas online where I have to defend or change them.

February 7th, 2010

I missed this on Friday, but the Globe and Mail’s Jane Taber wrote a piece asking if Ignatieff’s attempt to light up the abortion debate for a few political points will work.

It’s a good question.  Just because it’s an odious thing to do doesn’t mean it won’t work.  If they can convince even a small slice of the public that the Conservatives are planning on outlawing all abortions it will lock those people into voting anti-Conservative regardless of what actual Conservative policy is.

I hope very much that it won’t work and that has nothing to do with what I think of the Conservatives or abortions.  As I said on Thursday, Ignatieff is dead wrong about any consensus.  The only consensus we have on the subject is that as a country we don’t agree.  And I hope we also have a consensus that we don’t want to turn it into political leverage.  Historically, the Liberals and the Conservatives have welcomed pro-lifers and pro-choicers into their camps.  They recognized that beliefs about abortion were based on deeply held beliefs about when human life begins and as such the question was qualitatively different than a disagreement about tax law or how to best care for the poor.

This is the most disappointed I’ve been with Michael Ignatieff.  I thought the Liberals made a good choice with him.  I still do actually, but my respect for him has taken a serious blow.  A man who would be Prime Minister shouldn’t seek to divide a country for a bump in the polls.

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