Thursday, February 9, 2012

To Toronto-Danforth Liberal Members....

When you vote today for your Liberal candidate, please consider this:

While others, including people I respect deeply, have attacked Trifon Haitas for his anti-choice (or pro-life, whatever you'd like to call it), I ask that you consider the wider fact that he does not appear to be a single issue candidate, nor does he seem to be part of a concerted effort to get an anti-choice Liberal candidate elected, as what happened during the 1990's with several MPs, a couple who are still sitting.

Mr. Haitas is asking for the Liberal nomination on the grounds of his ideas and what he feels he can bring to the Liberal cause. If abortion is truly the issue you want to vote on, then by all means vote against (or for) him. That's your right.

But let's remember that we are an open and inclusive party, even of people with views such as Mr. Haitas'. If we start attacking any and every candidate with an anti-choice view then guess what: we're worse than the Conservatives, who have no such policy in place (in the reverse, of course).

Think about that. If you're turned off of Mr. Haitas solely because of his anti-choice views, we're going to be less inclusive than the Conservative Party of Canada!  

As I said, it's your vote, but just consider everything he has to say, rather than just nitpicking on what is a small issue. Democracy within the Liberal Party will be better served if you do.

8 comments:

  1. Most Pro-lifers I know are very progressive on a host social and human rights issues, it goes with the mindset of helping the most vulnerable. But your party has pulled the welcome mat with this litmus test. Good luck, you will need it.

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    1. Great idea to rebuild a party! Cut out half the population.

      Bodily autonomy is no 'small issue' to women. Libs nominate this guy, you step on the banana-peel to TOTAL irrelevance.

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  2. Most Pro-lifers I know are very progressive on a host social and human rights issues, it goes with the mindset of helping the most vulnerable.

    You know, so pro-choice supporters also are behind social and human rights issues.

    I wouldn't mind decreasing the need for abortion by increasing access to birth control, increasing welfare rates and social programs that help mothers.

    Making abortion illegal doesn't stop the procedure from happening. In countries where it's not only illegal but also dangerous, women still have the procedure.

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  3. One of the great advantages of being on the left in Canada is that votes can switch between the Liberals, the NDP, and the Green. Personally, I have voted for all three at different times for different reasons. So if you have a candidate that fails a basic litmus test like the right for a women to do what she wants with her body, there are other candidates avaliable on the left that don`t fail this test and one can switch their vote there.

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  4. Fern,

    Kevin Lamoureux, Jimmy K, Dan McTeague, Derek Lee, John MacKay, John Cannis, Roy Cullen, Gurbax Malhi, Tom Wappel, and so many other Liberal MPs have beem/are anti-choice. We slipped on that peel a long time ago and have already gotten up.

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  5. Wappel is an idiot.

    I am personally pro-life, but I do not impose my views on anyone, and even as PM would not take steps to reverse the laws we have.

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    1. ...And for clarification, I would not even impose my views on a pregnant girlfriend/wife. It's not my place to make those decisions.

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  6. There is now a litmus test if you want to enter the tent. If you are already in the tent (calling John Mackay), keep your views to yourself.

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