Wednesday, November 08, 2000

Alliance Party's abortion stumble has sinister overtones

The more lasting and possibly sinister impression left by Allinace's contradictory position is that the party has a platform to campaign on and has an agenda to govern with - and that they're not the same thing. Day fought to have abortion removed from medicare coverage when he was in the Alberta government. Has he changed his mind on an issue of basic principle (abortion), on a platform issue of governance (referendums), or is he simply diluting his position to make it more palatable to voters?...In California, where referendums are disguised as electoral "propositions," the results have often been to the advantage of the comfortable and organized, at the expense of the poor and the disenfranchised.
—Robert Howard, Hamilton Spectator, November 8, 2000

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