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Dithers II?

December 6, 2006

The latest news coming from the Liberals shows that have not really changed, but simply added a new coat of paint on a old car. Stéphane Dion has announced that the Liberals will get a free vote on the issue of equal marriage in the House of Commons. New leader, but he already sounds like Paul Martin to me, trying to have it both ways on an issue that one can only be on one side for. Either you are for equal rights for homosexuals that are comparable to that of heterosexuals, or you are not. That simple.

So we know that Stéphane obviously does not care about this issue, because he is not doing the morally right thing and whipping the Liberal vote to protect the rights of a certain group. The sickening thing about this is that in the next election, he is going to pretend to care so he can get votes.

Thank goodness that the NDP and the Bloc will defend the rights of a disadvantaged group while the Liberals will not.

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  1. Shawn Rennebohmhttp://www.madreverends.blogspot.com
    December 6, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    Could you imagine if Harper whipped the caucus to vote in favour of supporting same sex marriage? LOL. He’d not only surprise most of the free world, but he’d make Dion look like an idiot with the vote. Dion truly is underestimating how bad this may make him look.

    Shawn

  2. Idealistic Pragmatist
    December 7, 2006 at 12:19 am

    This is disappointing. Particularly so because he’s definitely in favour of whipped votes on things that are important–he said as much in my interview with him.

  3. piet
    December 7, 2006 at 2:15 am

    What Dion has said is that he would have an open vote here – which is just a vote on whether the issue should be re-opened. He has also said that should a vote be opened on whether MPs agree or disagree with same-sex marriage, he would whip the vote. Don’t mistake what this vote is about – it is strictly asking MPs is the issue should be re-visited.

  4. piet
    December 7, 2006 at 2:17 am

    You seem to not have paid attention to what the vote is: the vote is on whether the issue of the definition of marriage should be re-visited. Dion has said that he would allow a free vote here, but should it come to a vote on whether same-sex marriage should be approved, he would whip the vote. There’s a big difference here.

  5. Northern BC Dipper
    December 7, 2006 at 2:31 am

    So, Piet? I supposed to accept the argument that because this is only a vote to consider re-opening another vote which would be asking MPs to take away the rights of a group, that it is less morally wrong to do so? All this does is add an extra step.

    In short, Piet, there is no difference.

    Idealistic Pragmatist, it looks like Dion is a hypocrite then. This is a issue to attack him with, not silly stuff like dual citizenship.

    Shawn, I’d love to see Harper do that, but I think he would be pushing his luck considering the national resolution.

  6. piet
    December 7, 2006 at 3:52 am

    I disagree entirely. Dion is accepting that this is simply a tactic by Harper to satisfy his right-wing Christian supporters, and so he’s playing along for now. Should it come down to actually voting for or against the individual rights, he would apply the whip. I see it as playing along with Harper’s game … for now.

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