But the Alberta
“The legalities of abortion fall under federal jurisdiction. We respect that Albertans view social issues differently, which is why Wildrose would immediately introduce legislation allowing citizens to put issues like abortion of citizen initiated referendum. “
Still doubtful, I called and asked a Wildrose spokesman myself about the matter this evening.
Bill Bewick, the party’s spokesman on health policy, told me that a Wildrose government could not ban abortion, since that’s a matter of federal responsibility. However, he said, the province could opt to delist abortion, so that the service would no longer be covered by the province’s health insurance plan.
“We have no plans to address this issue. We will not legislate on it,” Bewick told me.
On the other hand, he told me, the party does favour citizen-sponsored referenda on a wide range of issues.
“People are free to initiate referenda on any issue they want,” he said.
But when I asked Bewick if the Wildrose campaign would commit not to delist abortion, he declined to do so.
Delist in Alberta = defund in Ontario.
But not to fear, pro-choice Albertans. Top-dog Teabagger is totally reassuring.
Leader Danielle Smith had words of her own Thursday evening.
"Like the Progressive Conservatives, Wildrose has absolutely no intentions of legislating on abortion, and that includes delisting," she said.
Hmm. Just like the federal Contempt Party?
And that's not all Albertans have to worry about. Cliff at Rusty Idols thinks the entire healthcare system will be toast if Wildrose wins.
Albertans: You are familiar with the definition of insanity, yes?