Fear Over What Could Be Over What Already Is

Edmonton - Sunday, June 6, 2004 - by: Ron Thornton Marriage, Be It Same Sex, Same Family, Same Harem


In reading the June 4th edition of the Edmonton Journal, I came across two letters sent to the editor. One was written by a chap who, while mad at the Liberals, claims to be terrified with the Conservatives. Barry Winters' concerns would seem to justify, in his mind, the rewarding of a corrupt government with re-election. Mr. Winters is concerned democratic elected representatives of the people might decide on the legalities of abortion. A women's body is her own, but a fetus is a life, not a pancreas. Still, there are physical and mental health concerns one must also take into consideration. There are valid arguments on both sides of the issue, and the people's representatives should be allowed the opportunity to debate and represent the views of those who make up our society.


Mr. Winters is concerned over Stephen Harper's "firewall" comments, ignoring that Ontario and Quebec already have such firewalls in place in accordance to their constitutional rights. Mr. Winters is concerned that Harper may have sent Canadian troops to Iraq, yet the Liberal decision not to appeared to be based more on the government's cowardice and its destruction of our own military ability than on the evidence, or lack of it, supporting such an action. That said, I admit that even conservatives should be concerned how the Iraq adventure has played out. I believe Canadians want a government that seeks to honour the will of the people through Parliamentary law; a government that might alter how Supreme Court justices are selected to finally give that body some legitimacy outside of the political elite. The thoughts and past rulings of American justices become well known before they are finally named to the bench, while the people and the media are left in the dark as to those of their Canadian counterparts.


As for the now retired and respected Liberal Una MacLean Evans, she thinks Stephen Harper is a hypocrite for not heading overseas in the middle of an election campaign, called by a Liberal Prime Minister, to attend ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of D-Day. What is hypocritical is to tie the sacrifice of our glorious dead and brave veterans to the political games that motivated the invitations to opposition leaders in the first place. She should be ashamed.


As for the specter of another Liberal government, I am concerned at even the possibility, and embarrassed by our collective gullibility.


Ron Thornton

  Winters, Barry, I'm mad at the Liberals but terrified of Conservatives, (pdf) June 4, 2004, Edmonton Journal
  Harper, Stephen, Alliance Leadership Candidate Stephen Harper on Abortion, January 2, 2002, Report Magazine, as seen on LifeSite web site
  Dunfield, Allison, Tories wouldn't outlaw abortion, Harper Says, (pdf) June 1, 2004, Toronto Globe and Mail
  N ational Post, Stockwellifying Stephen Harper, (pdf), June 5, 2004, The National Post



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