(T)he government filed a motion that would give Justin Trudeau unprecedented control of House procedure. “They are unilaterally disarming the opposition.” Rona Ambrose, the interim Conservative leader, said that instead of a government and an opposition, the changes would result in a government and an audience.“How can the prime minister justify such a lack of respect for Parliament?” (Rona Ambrose, the interim Conservative Party leader and leader of the Opposition) asked in question period.
Trudeau replied that the changes are being introduced to give MPs more time to debate legislation — a claim at odds with recent history (the Liberals shut down debate on the assisted dying bill).Tom Mulcair, the New Democratic Party leader, also sounded the alarm, saying the Tories “on their worst day” didn’t try to stifle democracy in the way the Grits are now attempting.“It’s childish petulance by the Liberals, who almost lost a vote this week, who are now trying to push their straitjacket on Parliament and submit to their majority will, even though that majority is only 39 per cent of Canadians,” he said.
“This is an outrage for a man who hopes to be Prime Minister some day, to stand up on the eve of a day when thousands of people are coming out to speak in favour of the vulnerable, to speak in favour of the protection of life in the womb, to come out and slap them all in the face. I just find that absolutely outrageous.”
Smith was referring to an announcement Trudeau made Wednesday saying all Liberal candidates in the 2015 federal election will have to support the party’s pro-choice stance on abortion.
Smith referred to Trudeau’s comments as “dictatorial” and contrary to fundamental human rights.
“Here we have a man who would like to be Prime Minister some day, dictating to party members that they must vote against fundamental human rights,” he said, referring to the right to life but extending that to the right to freedom of expression and freedom of conscience.
He added the very idea of making it party policy creates a practical problem as well.
“In effect, what they’re saying is, ‘There’s no choice but pro-choice.’ That’s a contradiction in itself,” Smith said.
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UPDATE: Addendum: Trudeau’s Tantrum, Thursday, May 19, 2016, 12:52 pm, Author: John Paul Meenan - http://catholicinsight.com/trudeaus-tantrum/