“Small Government” Conservatives to blow taxpayers’ money on meaningless debate

At a time when sane people are focused on important shit like the economy and jobs, this is how HarperGovInc wants to squander the money it’s paid to conduct the peoples’ business: with a debate to ostensibly decide “when a human being is a human being” (and by proxy, wedge a jackboot in the door to the long-settled issue of reproductive rights).  No, really:

A controversial proposal from a Conservative backbencher to legally define fetuses as human beings -and reopen the abortion debate -will have its day in the House of Commons.

Tory MP Stephen Woodworth wants Parliament to create a committee to review a law that stops short of defining unborn children as “human beings.”

A committee of MPs has agreed to give Woodworth at least one hour of debate some time in April.

He will receive a second hour some time either in late-spring or early fall.

Aw, geez…this guy again:  CPC MP Stephen Woodworth, Pride of Kitchener’s K of C and another crotch-nosing fetus fetishizing Womb Cop who believes government should be juuuuust small enough to crawl up your vagina and police your uterus.
It happens at some point almost every year: some halfwitted backbencher starts jabbering about “personhood” or “fetal rights” or “unborn victims” or “coerced abortion” or some such brainless crap, and tables a bill that will ultimately be DOA but will waste a lot of time before it gets to that stage.   Canadians are suddenly dismayed to find that the government they thought was Taking Care of Business is instead writhing around in the throes of Fetus Fever.  This year it’s Woodworth’s turn to get MPs farting around on the taxpayer’s dime, and it’s bound to work out about as well as it always does.
Which brings me to another salient point: has anyone done the math on how much this goofy, meaningless exercise in time-wasting will cost the taxpayer?
Maybe I’ll reach out to Harpie again and ask him.
UPDATE:  Heh.

17 Responses to ““Small Government” Conservatives to blow taxpayers’ money on meaningless debate”


  1. 1 cityprole Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Well, the Supposi-Tories are busier than usual, actually, behind the scenes, apparently gutting the Fisheries Act to make it easier for Enbridge to do a walk-around objections to still another pipeline here on the West Coast…now we know where the BC gLibs get their inspiration for screwing the teachers…to hell with laws, to hell with Canada Supreme Court rulings, just ignore it all and make your own rules..And Emperor Steve’s assertions that there would be no debate re abortion? Oh, that was before they got elected with their spurious majority….

  2. 2 fhg1893 Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Your post might be unfair JJ. Harper & company probably don’t have a choice but to allow the motion to be debated. People should remember that the House of Commons has a whole plethora of rules and procedures which aren’t always well-understood by the public. If a private member brings a motion, the rules of the house might mandate that the motion come up for debate. The Government has a good deal of control over the agenda, but there are some very real limits on the extent of that control.

    I suspect they are probably required to allow debate on this motion, unless of course some other commenter can state definitively, with reference to the rules of the House of Commons that this is not the case.

  3. 3 Torontonian Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

    fhg1983 is quite correct in that a private member’s bill
    doesn’t have to cleave to the line of the political party.

    Many of such bills get what is called a “six months’ hoist”.

    It is a term used in the House of Commons and
    if you Google it you’ll find very good definitions of
    the procedure.

    So, Woodworth is acting in his own capacity as MP
    and –in a sense– as a Conservative.

  4. 4 Torontonian Friday, March 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Woodworth’s initiative is a private member’s bill
    and they usually get a “six months’ hoist”.
    It’s an initiative for Woodworth as a private member
    and not as a Conservative.

    Six months’ hoist is a term used in the House of Commons
    and there are several explanations available at the
    Parliament’s own site as well as Google.

  5. 5 JJ Friday, March 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Whenever something like this comes up, a social issue that gets people going crazy, I always think “Look over there! Shiny thing! Shiny thing!”

    I really don’t think Harper’s anti-choice: believe me, I’ve tried to dig something up that would prove it, but I’ve always come up emptyhanded. I don’t think he could give a flying fart about social issues, other than as a way to pander to the Nuts and get everyone else running around with their hair on fire.

    I’m just guessing, but I suspect that right now he’d prefer to keep the electorate distracted.

  6. 6 JJ Friday, March 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Harper & company probably don’t have a choice but to allow the motion to be debated.

    That’s right, they don’t. As far as I know, Harper is powerless to stop goofy backbenchers from initiating debates and tabling dumb bills on their pet issues, other than by threatening to make intra-caucus life miserable for them. He managed to keep most of them muzzled until the CPC won a majority, now it’s payback time and the backbenchers are going rogue! 😉

  7. 7 JJ Friday, March 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

    That’s right, I forgot about the “Private Members” aspect of things.

    Funny, now that I think about it, most of these weirdo bills are private members’ bills. I wonder what message we can take from that.

  8. 8 fhg1893 Friday, March 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Look over here! Shiny thing! Shiny thing!

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/USElection/2012/03/15/19508791.html

    Seems to me that the Harper government’s backbenchers can’t hold a candle to GOP trench-digging clown show.

  9. 9 cityprole Friday, March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    His wife used to run a pro-Life centre in Alberta somewhere, probably Calgary, that masqueraded as a pregnancy ‘counseling’ centre…she was outed by a distraught young woman who went there assuming she’d get some counselling, not a hard-sell anti-abortion guilt trip..I could be wrong, but seems as if I read about it in the Georgia Straight years ago..the only thing I ever needed to point out what side of the fence he’s on….

  10. 10 Niles Friday, March 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Oops. I grumped today about the financial aspect over at DJ!. Should have read here first. You did it better and shorter.

  11. 11 JJ Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Niles – I went looking for your post and couldn’t find it. Would you mind posting a link? Unlike a lot of places, blog-whoring is welcomed and encouraged here 😉

  12. 12 JJ Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Noooooo! 😯 Really? Say it ain’t so… I thought there was hope for Laureen, member of the Two-Wheeled Sisterhood that she is. I thought she might some day kick Harpie’s ass all over Sussex Drive, then pop wheelies on her way forward and onward to bigger & better things. I am crushed.

  13. 13 JJ Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Good grief, what IS it with that guy Santorum? Sex on the brain or what?

    Reminds me of my old buddy Socon or Bust… 😉 That guy was so obsessed with Teh Secks that he couldn’t write a paragraph without going off on some psychotic tangent about Sex Police or Sex Parades etc etc. Reading his blog was amusing, but dangerous… so acute was his frustration that it sometimes burst through my monitor and started furiously humping my leg 😯

    Santorum seems to be the same type, a danger to himself and society.

  14. 14 Niles Friday, March 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Sorry, JJ,

    The actual post at DJ! is Fern Hill’s, chock full of facts. I just blew a cork in the comments, as is my wont.

  15. 15 cityprole Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Four wheels good, two wheels bad…especially under a truck…

  16. 16 JJ Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    … or into the side of one 😯 😦 In any fight between a Sportster and a Ford Pickup, the pickup will always prevail 👿 (and I’m lucky sciatica is all that lesson cost me.)
    😉

  17. 17 Soitissobeit Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Hope we get to the point where we don’t take it soon if not now.


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