DJ! fave (^NOT) Stephen Woodworth is at it again.
Meanwhile, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth hits the stage at the National Press Theatre for "an important announcement" on his backbench bid to have the Commons "affirm that every Canadian law must be interpreted in a manner that recognizes in law the equal worth and dignity of everyone who is in fact a human being" -- which is, of course, a not terribly veiled attempt to restart the 'conversation' that he had hoped to trigger with his original, more obviously abortion-targeted motion in 2012.That was from National Treasure Kady O'Malley, who when asked which MPs might give up his or her spot for this quixotic ploy, responded with this link and the additional information that the first 15 names have priority.
As he has already used up his slot on the private members' priority list, Woodworth will almost certainly not get the opportunity to see his motion go to the House floor under his name, but he may have successfully persuaded a colleague to carry on the campaign.
Those names are:
122. Chong, MichaelFrom Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada's list of anti-choice MPs, there are three possibles: Mayes, Hoback, and Van Kesteren.
123. Brosseau, Ruth Ellen
124. Ayala, Paulina
125. Mayes, Colin
126. Chisu, Corneliu
127. Péclet, Ève
128. Hoback, Randy
129. Leef, Ryan
130. Hayes, Bryan
131. Van Kesteren, Dave
132. Choquette, François
133. Valeriote, Frank
134. Patry, Claude
135. Stanton, Bruce
136. Morin, Isabelle
We live and see.
From the step-forward file: New Brunswick students call for an end to the shameful and illegal refusal of NB to fund abortions.
A group of students at St. Thomas University has launched an online petition asking the New Brunswick government to fund abortions at a private clinic.Here's their petition, now with more than 3,000 signatures.
The aspiring social workers say they know women who have had difficulty accessing abortions and they want the province to fund abortions at Fredericton’s private Morgentaler Clinic.
Support the students' efforts and women's rights in New Brunswick.
UPDATE to Woodworth bit: Kady reports that she missed the beginning of his presser, but noted that he seemed to be giving the speech he always gives.
OKAY! Finally! News! Oh, for heaven's sake: Woodworth is going to stand up and ask for unanimous consent for his motion. #Hw— kady o'malley (@kady) April 8, 2014
If every MP who was going to make a doomed attempt to seek unanimous consent held a press conference, we'd never get anything else done. #hw— kady o'malley (@kady) April 8, 2014
Woodworth claims it will be 'a dark and dangerous day for Canada' if even one MP says nay. #hw— kady o'malley (@kady) April 8, 2014
I thought he'd persuaded one of his colleagues to put it forward in the next batch of private members' biz. That would have been news! #hw— kady o'malley (@kady) April 8, 2014
Upshot: Same old bullshit.