So the federal New Democrats, currently facing a series of accusations that they out-and-out lied about their caucus satellite office and looking for a way to change the channel, are apparently going to drag the abortion debate back into the House of Commons in a pretty blatant attempt to smear Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.
Guys, I know you're kind of low in the polls right now and feel like no one is listening but... this isn't going to help. I personally think Trudeau even bringing up the idea that anti-choice candidates are barred from running for the Liberals was a misstep (why announce it?), but it wasn't one he fully invested himself in, spent time dwelling on and decided to bring it forward in the House. I mean who would be so naive as to invest themselves in a fight that no one except the small cadre of social conservatives that exist in this country care about? That would just be stupid.
I'm not saying it isn't an important issue, nor one that we should always avoid, but the thing is that the issue should only be brought up and dealt with when its the anti-chociers that push it. Pro-choice parties have already "won," so to speak - we have the default position in this country. Why the hell would you bring it up unless you wanted to change it?
Ignatieff made the same mistake as the NDP are now, and it backfired not just because of the small group of anti-choice MPs we have in the Liberals, but because no one cares. It is a side show issue as of right now, and it should stay there.
But, oh no, Mulcair, Ashton, and others feel the need to really try and stick it in the craw of the Liberals. Because, you know, its too hard to present real policies that people actually care about. That's no way to win.