Okay, back to today’s gloriously blunt-spoken, curt and crusty remarks from conservative senator Nancy Ruth. Glorious? Huh!?? I know I know, people are mad, and I might be too if this friendly advice to “shut the fuck up” had been delivered by just about anyone other than such a longtime proponent of womens’, LGBT and other human rights.
Ruth made the remarks in question as she addressed a meeting of international development aides still clamouring for abortion to be included in Canada’s G8 maternal health initiative. While many took exception to her bluntness, some did a doubletake and said “Waitaminute”:
Stop shooting the messenger and pay attention to the message, A message based on insider information.
Yes. There might be a reason that the senator didn’t want to nuance her message. Her ominous suggestion there would be a “backlash” if the abortion issue was pushed in the G8 context didn’t come across to me as a threat, but a warning. A warning from someone who’s in a position to know a lot more than we do about what kind of political gamesmanship the CPC might be considering for this dire and desperate election year.
It doesn’t matter that Stephen Harper generally responds to the abortion issue by doing a 180 and hotfooting it like he’s being run down by rabid wolverines. The next election is likely Harper’s last kick at the can, and desperate times call for desperate measures. I wouldn’t trust him — would you? I wonder if Nancy Ruth does.
More importantly, I wonder what Nancy Ruth knows.