LifeSiteNews talked to Campaigne Quebec Vie’s Georges Buscemi about the province’s National Assembly recent unanimous 109-0 vote re-affirming “the right of women to free choice and to free and accessible abortion services”:
While 16 members of the National Assembly were not present, Buscemi said the vote is “definitely” a sign that there are no politicians in the Quebec legislature that the pro-life movement can rely on. “There is no political will to take a stand on this issue in Quebec,” he said. “It’s basically a wasteland as far as abortion. The legislative route is one hundred percent closed right now.”
Lysiane Gagnon has a column in the Globe and Mail entitled “A distinctly Quebec view on abortion” that begins:
In the very unlikely event the Harper government would be foolish enough to raise the issue of abortion in the Commons, Canadian women can count on Quebeckers to be the first at the barricades to prevent its recriminalization.
Gagnon picks this fact (the outrage over Cardinal Ouellet’s comments) or that (some doctors’ group likes abortion) and that aforementioned unanimous vote in the National Assembly, and it certainly paints a picture of la belle province being universally pro-abortion, but I’m not sure there is as much consensus as she and the polls suggest. That said, Quebec is the most socially liberal and pro-abortion province and the pro-abortion forces in the media and politics certainly prevent a serious discussion of abortion so that any federal politician looking for a majority in Ottawa that requires any significant number of Quebec MPs will probably think it necessary to, at the very least, remain silent on the issue.
There is a larger point to which Gagnon’s column speaks. That without Quebec, this country would be much less socially liberal. If you took out the Quebec MPs’ votes legalizing same-sex ‘marriage’ in 2005 (158-133), SSM would have been decisively defeated. And yes it was in Quebec that Henry Morgentaler began to launch legal and cultural challenges to the abortion status quo when he set up an illegal freestanding abortuary in Montreal. More recently, there has been medical establishment activism to move the euthanasia issue forward and the last three private members bills on euthanasia were introduced by a Quebec MP (Francine Lalonde). The fact is that Quebec moves discussion of social issues leftward — some might say the province’s social values warp the national discussion.
There is, of course, another point: How much will Quebec’s distinct culture matter when they are so entranced with the Culture of Death that they are effectively committing what the late Gilles Grondin called biological and societal suicide?