In Canada we hardly confront racism perpetuated by political figures. As a consequence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s government and Conservative MPs are having a field day practicing racism and creating resentment towards minority groups dominated by persons of color.
Conservative MP Kellly Block
Earlier this year, Harper’s immigrant-bashing minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, introduced draconian cuts to health benefits for refugees, including coverage for pre-natal care. The majority of refugee seekers are persons of color, trauma survivors and other vulnerable people.
Conservative MP Rob Anders is “a politician who isn’t afraid to speak his mind”. Supposedly. He once called South African anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, a “terrorist“. But this time, the Calgary West MP went too far. During an interview with iPolitics’ Laura Stone, Anders suggested that NDP Leader, Thomas Mulcair, helped push Jack Layton into an early grave.
This is what Anders said:
I actually think one of the great stories that was missed by journalists was that Mr. Mulcair, with his arm twisted behind the scenes, helped to hasten Jack Layton’s death.
It was very clear to me watching the two of those gentlemen in the front benches, that Jack Layton was ill and that Mr. Mulcair was making it quite obvious that if Jack wasn’t well enough to fight the campaign and fight the election that he should step aside, and that because of that, Mr. Layton put his life at risk to go into the national election, and fight it, and did obviously an amazing job considering his state of health, and that he did that partly because of the arm-twisting behind the scenes by Mulcair and then subsequently died.
Of course, as politicians always do, Anders has apologized for the insult. And Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office has distanced itself from the comments:
To be clear, Mr. Anders’ comments regarding Jack Layton in no way represent the views of @pmharper or the Government.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made it clear his government will not reopen the abortion debate. But Stephen Woodworth, the Conservative MP for Kitchener Centre wants to reverse course. And force Parliament to enact a law that supposedly extends “human rights” to unborn children.
In a statement released to the press yesterday, Woodworth claims:
“Canadian law provides no human rights protection whatsoever for children before the moment of complete birth. This means that in Canada a child is legally considered to be sub-human while his or her little toe remains in the birth canal, even if he or she is breathing.”
The emotive language of human rights, again. Of course there’s no better way to force open the emotive abortion debate. Before we succumb to this attempt at mass political emotional manipulation, the truth: This is about Conservatives and their pro-life, anti-women position. Period.
The late comedian, George Carlin, saw it coming:
Pro-life Conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t wanna know about you.