“As you know, in our party, as in any broadly based party, there are people with a range of views on this issue, but I think I’ve been very clear as party leader.… As long as I’m prime minister we are not reopening the abortion debate.” – Stephen Harper, April 21, 2011 You can read the whole story here.
Well, Mr. Harper, I’m going to take you at your word on this BUT I see a number of problems here.
First, you say “as long as I’m prime minister”. Well, I don’t know how much longer you will be prime minister. Let’s face it, this is your third kick at the can looking for that elusive majority and I really don’t think you’re going to get it. If you’re returned with another minority, how much longer will your party keep you around. You’re NOT exactly a winning proposition when you haven’t been able to deliver for the third time. So, I have to look in the wings of the Conservative Party of Canada for possible successors. Jason Kenney is one. Really viewed as an aggressive up-and-comer in the Party. Operates quite freely on his own and doesn’t seem to be too bothered by your PMO. Another is James Moore, viewed as quite competent – a young one with a fairly solid following in the Party. So here’s the first problem. Both are avowed “anti-choice” MP’s. I can have no assurance that you’ll survive as leader of your party, Mr. Harper, nor can I have any assurance that an anti-choice individual will not succeed you as party leader.