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Waterloo Should Not Stifle Free Speech

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

At the University of Waterloo last week, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth was scheduled to speak to a group of students at an event organized by the Students for Life campus club. Unfortunately, a group of students shut down Mr. Woodworth's speech by shouting him down, until he was left with no choice but to cancel the event.

When Did Canadians Stop Believing in Discussion?

Tom Kott | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

A considerable number of attacks on freedom of speech and freedom of thought suggest that we are a much weaker country than we believe ourselves to be. We no longer value diversity but prefer assimilation. If you disagree with the consensus, you will suffer the wrath of the despotic majority.

3 Ont. Tories Sponsor Conference To 'Defund' Abortions

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government accused the Progressive Conservatives Wednesday of trying to reopen the abortion debate after three Tories spon...

My Motion Got Stuck on One Word: "Abortion"

Stephen Woodworth | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Stephen Woodworth

The word "abortion" seemed to cast a hypnotic spell over MPs who spoke against Motion 312 in the Parliamentary debate, causing them to suspend thoughtful analysis and abandon time-honoured Canadian values and institutions. Canadians across our land are beginning to realize the damage to our democratic institutions and principles being done by those whose single-minded, intransigent and extreme preoccupation with protecting our abortion practices leads to abandon essential Canadian ideals.

Abortion, Immigration Debates Test Limits Of Dialogue

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The right for MPs to say and discuss almost anything they want is one of the central privileges of Parliament, but a couple of divisive debat...

We Don't Need Rona Ambrose to Represent Women

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

Many saw Rona Ambrose's vote as the opening salvo in an effort to unwind the long-established principle of a woman's right to choose, and a terrible betrayal by Ambrose, who should now be called the minister in charge of turning back the clock. None of this was terribly surprising, since women seem to have been coasting on autopilot when it comes to protecting the rights we have gained, much less advancing the cause of equality and fairness going forward.

Rona Ambrose's Vote Sucker-Punched Women

Colleen Westendorf | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Colleen Westendorf

Wednesday evening was a perilous moment for every person with a uterus in Canada and elsewhere. In a country where we are applauded for not having legal restrictions on abortion, Parliament voted on M312, which was defeated 203-91. Though the motion claimed to be in the interest of equality for everyone, nowhere did the word woman, womb, fetus, uterus, or (heaven forbid) vagina appear in the motion. The person who should have been fighting the hardest Wednesday night was the Minister for the Status of Women, Rona Ambrose. Instead she sucker-punched everyone in this country who hopes and expects to be treated in accordance with their charter rights and as a person, by voting yes.

Rona Ambrose May Have a Point, But Abortion Is No Answer

Nikki Thomas | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Nikki Thomas

A lot has been made of Rona Ambrose's support for Motion 312, and her justification that she has concerns about sex selection abortion. I admit that it's difficult for me to support the abortion of an otherwise healthy fetus, simply because it has XX chromosomes. But I don't think that limiting womens' access to abortion is a productive answer. Why not look at the root of the problem? Health Canada's hastily-enacted policy, which prevents sex selection during artificial insemination. If Minister Ambrose truly cared about both a woman's right to choose and wanted to prevent sex-selective abortions, why wouldn't she try to remove this restrictive policy instead?

Motion 312: How B.C. MPs Voted

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Most British Columbia MPs voted down a controversial motion to reopen a debate on when human life begins, but the only members from the province who s...

Ambrose Explains Yes Vote On Abortion-Related Motion.. Kind Of

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Facing calls for her job and accused by the NDP of betraying the women she represents at the federal cabinet table, a defiant Rona Ambrose st...

Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, Canada Needs a Clear Ruling on Abortion

Brent Rathgeber | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Brent Rathgeber

One of the most contentious issues facing the 41st Parliament is Motion 312. My feelings on the abortion issue are complex and have evolved over time. I have come to the conclusion after years of deliberation and inner debate that I am both Pro-Choice and Pro-Life.

Cabinet Cracks On Definition Of Life Vote

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The prime minister was among the majority of MPs that helped defeat a Conservative MP's pro-life motion Wednesday, but ten of Stephen Harper'...

WATCH: Mysterious Uterus Video Mocks Tories

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics

The political debate over abortion in Canada has been serious business over the last few months, but a new video is giving a lighter take on Conservat...

Even Harper Knows Motion 312 Won't Pass

Jennifer Prosser | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Prosser

The Prime Minister himself has said he will not open the abortion debate. This goes as far as the PMO working to strongly encourage members of parliament to vote against MP Steven Woodworth's bill -- that asks our government to review the definition of when a child become a human being -- though that doesn't look to be stopping some members. If Prime Minister Harper is not interested in opening the abortion debate, and if this was only a private member's motion to create a committee -- the least threatening and most common of all government workings, then what makes Motion 312 important?