Stephen Harper’s refusal to reopen the abortion debate risks suppressing the Conservative vote, a leading voice of Canadian social conservatism says.
“There is just no energy out there,” Charles McVety, the evangelic leader and Christian activist, said in an interview. “Frankly, my fear for Stephen Harper is that being so overt standing against the pro-lifers, he risks not motivating Conservative voters.”
Mr. McVety noted the Conservatives lost 160,000 votes between the 2006 and 2008 elections. He blames Mr. Harper’s decision just before the 2008 campaign to block Conservative MP Ken Epps’s private member’s bill that would have made it a separate offence for killing a fetus when a pregnant woman was murdered.
And they haven't forgotten this session's failed sneaky abortion recriminalization attempt either, viz this thread at the Freaks.
So-cons are finally wising up.
Well, not all of them. A new thread over there has my FB friend Connie wondering about REAL Women and Canada Family Action.
So, why are these socon organizations pimping for Stephen Harper? Why are they are ignoring the fact that the Christian Heritage Party welcomes social conservatives, and that Stephen Harper keeps kicking them in the teeth?
Has someone promised them something? Do they know something the rest of us don't know? Or, do they just have masochistic tendencies? I'd love to know the answer to that.
It is confusing. One -- albeit MASSIVE -- force is chiding Harper, two other pretty powerful groups are backing him.
Hmmm. Christo-Fascists, masochism, hair shirts, self-flagellation. Connie may be onto something there.
(I've been a bad bunny. In the comments on the Globe piece, I've posted a link to the Christian Heritage Party a couple of times. Just doing my bit for strategic voting.)