Sunday, October 13, 2013
Kellie Leitch and the Corruption of Stephen Harper
You might think that Kellie Leitch would be better than most Cons. Better than her ghastly leader.
She's a pediatric surgeon who still works on a volunteer basis at an Ottawa hospital.
She's smart, she has an impressive resume, and she's a woman in a government of good ol' boys.
So I have to admit that even I dared hope she might be different eh?
But not any longer. Because this is outrageous.
Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch is blasting the "abhorrent" practices of rape as a weapon of war and the forced marriage of young children in the developing world. But she's defending Canada's refusal to fund any aid projects that might help the victims of such barbaric practices obtain abortions.
"As a physician, I'm very confident in saying that we have chosen the right one, that pre- and post-partum care is the place where we'll have the most meaningful impact to save the lives of children and their mothers."
It's bad enough that a Canadian Status of Women Minister won't stand up for the right of women to control their own bodies. It could only happen in the sinister state of Harperland, where the howls of religious fanatics dictate government policy.
But to see a medical doctor defend that blatantly ideological and inhuman decision is simply beyond belief.
Because the truth is that providing safe abortions, like pre- and post-partum care, is an integral part of an overall approach to improving maternal health in developing countries. Not providing that service can have deadly consequences.
And not helping the victims of rape as a weapon of war is an affront to human decency.
Those who would be most affected by Canada’s decision are largely women and children in conflict zones around the world. They are the ones who are often kidnapped, captured, detained or abducted from their homes by assorted military bands, and used as sexual objects by cruel and brutal men.
According to Save the Children, which has documented the atrocity across continents, the most vulnerable are adolescent girls, and pregnancy has become a leading cause of death among girls aged 15 to 19 because of unsafe abortions and complications from giving birth.
Leitch should know that, and she should be ashamed of herself.
When did Hippocratic become HYPOCRITICAL?
But then why should we be surprised eh? When everything Stephen Harper touches he corrupts...
I call it the Harper Effect. And to get an idea of its powerful corrupting influence all you have to do is look at how it has demeaned three of his new/nouveau cabinet ministers in the short time since he appointed them.
Rona Ambrose, who he forced to kill a heroin withdrawal program for desperately sick addicts, against all medical evidence. And by so doing made it clear that she is no Health Minister.
Leona Aglukkak, who was sent out by the Harper PMO to mumble some nonsense questioning the effects of climate change. And to attack the NDP's non existent carbon tax...
Only to instantly melt any credibility she had left, and prove beyond a doubt that she's no Environment Minister.
And now the sad case of Kellie Leitch, a healer made to sound like a heartless ideologue, or a hapless stooge, and clearly no Minister for the Status of Women.
Just another Con monkey in Stephen Harper's new/nouveau cabinet...
And the good news? If Great Ugly Leader thinks that shabby collection of losers is going to breathe life into his moribund scandal ridden government, he's going to be very disappointed eh?
Because they really are pathetic, and the message to Canadians couldn't be clearer.
If this country is ever going to be clean and decent again, if its reputation is ever to be restored. If the lives of women and children all over the world are to be saved.
The Harper Effect must be repelled or repealed.
And the great corrupter has gotta go...
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