Friday, May 11, 2007

Dion won't say if he'd whip vote on abortion

David Akin reports on his blog:

His leader, Stephane Dion, was asked by reporters about that bill after Question Period yesterday:

Reporter: One of your MPs, Paul Steckle, has Bill C-338. It's a private member's bill to restrict abortion … I want to ask you about that. [Thursday]'s the big March for Life. Today the Pope was saying any Catholic that votes in favour of abortion is automatically excommunicated. In light of that is 338 the type of bill you'd give a free vote to or ---

Hon. St├ęphane Dion: No, the party doesn't want to revisit this issue.

Reporter: But would it be a whipped vote then? I mean it's one of your MPs that brought it forward. Would you just tell your caucus to vote against it?

Hon. St├ęphane Dion: I just want to say the point of view of the party is that we don't revisit this issue.

Akin comments:

But I point this out because, so far as I know, Dion has not yet said how he or his party would handle a vote in the House on abortion access rights. If you’ve got a link or other information about Dion’s position on this issue, I’d be pleased to be corrected. Would he whip MPs? Whip his cabinet as Martin did on the same-sex marriage vote? Would he allow Liberals to vote their conscience?

Excellent question. What is so hard about this answer?

Would he whip the vote or not?

Doesn't the public have the right to know if he would whip the vote? Or maybe he doesn't know.

This is a question that demands an answer.

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