Why isn't this being talked about? Anti choice Liberals.
The House voted against a proposal by Rod Bruinoodge that would have made coercing a women to have an abortion a crime. This was an out and out attempt by Bruinoodge to provide an underhanded impetus to the anti choice movement, and voice.
For me, as a consitutent in Winnipeg North, particularly noteworthy, was the vote of Kevin Lamoureux in favor of the motion, along with 10 other Liberals. I don't know if the whip was on, but I think it is very telling that Lamoureux voted as he did. I know that this kind of vote doesn't go over well with a sizable protion of the contituency, and was surprised by his vote. But what dismays me more is how little attention his vote is getting here in the local media.
I have started to read Manitoba Legislative Hansard to get in sight into this man and his views. From my limited reading, I have learned the man is hostile to the fact that unions overall support the NDP. He went so far in one debate (Harsard, Feb 2007), to say that he wasn't against oridnary union members, but with their "elitist" leadership. Of course this makes no sense given that the union members vote for the leadership of their organzations, and claiming to be against only the leaders really doesn't work; who do you think picked the leadership? And this is notwithstanding that this is "dog-whistle" rhetoric used by anti union advocates.
I was suspect of Lamoureux before the election, and don't trust him at all, seeing him really as a populist political opportunist, who is in it for himself first, and the Liberal party second. What really galls me the most though is that it is clear he thinks he knows better how to look after women in this kind of situation then they do themseles; his actions are partenalistic, mysoginistic, and insulting. I can tell you from personal experience with women who have and are important in my life regarding decions revolving around choice, that they don't need anyone's approval or "protection" when it comes to making decisions about their own bodies.
I for the life of me can't understand why this isn't proving more toxic for this guy in particular, and these Liberals in general. What is going on here?