Saturday, April 23, 2011

Brad Trost Controversy

Recent campaign comments made by incumbent MP Brad Trost are not surprising. Stephen Harper has muzzled Saskatchewan conservative MP’s. It is refreshing to hear from one regardless of what you believe on the controversial issue of abortion. The conservative government de-funded Planned Parenthood International. Trost agreed with the decision and claimed the decision was due, in part, to petitions from the Saskatchewan Pro Life Association.

Stephen Harper failed to defend his government’s decision or the comments made by one of his MP’s, Brad Trost. This is not surprising, as Harper will throw anyone under the bus for no good reason. Brad Trost supports de-funding of Planned Parent Hood International and so does the conservative government. So, what is the problem?

The only problem for the conservatives is that it opens up the larger issue of taxpayer-funded abortions. There are contrasting viewpoints between pro-life and pro-abortion in Saskatchewan. So, why is that a problem?

Brad Trost has a right to his viewpoint and a responsibility to express it anytime he wants. His constituents also have a right to know where he stands on issues. Stephen Harper has a right and a responsibility to make his views clear on all issues. This should include defending his decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood International and the larger issue of abortion. He should also have some respect for the viewpoints of his MP’s.

Many Taxpayers have a problem funding abortions in Canada let alone outside Canada. So, why is that a problem?

We have accommodated a wide range of religious and cultural rights and beliefs in Canada. Many Christians do not support abortion. Why is it a problem to respect their religious rights?

Brad Trost has made it clear where he stands on these issues. It is time for Stephen Harper to make it clear where he and his party stand on these issues. So, what is the problem?

The bad boy here is not Brad Trost, but rather Stephen Harper.