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The Backbench Spring: Mark Warawa wants to make a statement

The Conservative MP will not go quietly


 

The Conservative MP is planning to make a statement on Thursday about sex-selective abortion.

On Thursday, Warawa intends to stand up in the House to talk about female “gendercide” –  the systematic killing of women, which includes aborting females. And he will do it without a spot on his party’s speaking list, by catching the eye of Speaker Andrew Scheer, who in a landmark decision ruled late last month that MPs are allowed to make statements and ask questions without their party’s consent.

If Scheer recognizes him on Thursday, Warawa will be able to make his statement weeks after the issue of MP freedom was brought to the forefront of Parliament. “My involvement with speaking up against gendercide continues,” Warawa said in an interview.

The government would thus seem to have two options. It can, as it seemed to do two weeks ago when Mr. Warawa previously promised to stand and attempt to catch the Speaker’s eye, put him on the whip’s list for Thursday. In which case, he wins. Or it can ignore his stated intention and Mr. Warawa can stand of his volition until the Speaker recognizes him. At which point, he wins.

See previously: What the Speaker’s ruling means


 

The Backbench Spring: Mark Warawa wants to make a statement

  1. There is also the question of what to do if/after Warawa speaks. Although I have certainly always felt that Warawa should be able to have his say, there could be consequences from the CPC. This could be overt and immediate (unlikely) or subtle and delayed.

  2. Warara may, as AW says, win either way but so does parliamentary democracy in Canada. While I don’t support any initiative to legislate on the issue of abortion, I do respect the right of any individual member to raise it (or any matter) in the House. In this case, he may not like the outcome (in caucus, among his own constituents, or in the next election) but he should have the unabridged freedom to bring it forward.

    • Yup! My thoughts exactly.

  3. Or.. since he’s announced his intention to speak on this, and it’s been shown fairly conclusively that the CPC doesn’t want him to, the third option is that he stands.. and waits.. and waits… and waits.. and waits, while Scheer passes him over knowing that, like every other member of the CPC, his candidacy relies on Harper signing his nomination papers next election.

    After all, Scheer never said that he *would* recognize anybody who stood, just that they’re welcome to.

    • That scenario occurred to me too. However, if Scheer refuses to recognize him, it will be a clear sign that he is Harper’s lapdog and any goodwill or trust he has with MPs generally and the opposition in particular will be gone. A that point, he may as well step down.

      • Well, until 2015, their respect matters precisely zero. He’s still The Speaker. Come 2015, their respect still matters precisely zero, and Harper’s respect matter infinitely to his continue chance of employment in Parliament. The only time their respect will really matter is when it comes the time to elect the next speaker.

        And given his already yeoman’s service for the CPC when it comes to things like May’s challenge to the omnibudget, or keeping Member’s Statements from being used as trash-the-opposition time, do you really think this would make any significant difference?

      • “yeah, the speaker obviously works for us and not for the benefit of the country overall. Wat’cha gonna do about it, Canada?! BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” – S. Harper.

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