Monday, May 03, 2010

Senator Nancy Ruth: Speaks Truth To Power

Ottawa reception at the Métropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant, Equal Voice Acting National Chair Donna Dasko thanked party leaders for their work in advancing women in politics. $ 1.2 million on Feb 2009.
Enough of the political games! Nancy Ruth is a Conservative Senator, she understands the dangerous game played by the relentless fighting in Ottawa. She is speaking truth to power. She is not mincing words. Audio here.

“We’ve got five weeks or whatever left until G-8 starts. Shut the f--- up on this issue,”
“If you push it, there will be more backlash,” said Ruth, who fears that outrage will push her boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to take further measures against abortion and family planning – abroad, or maybe even in Canada. “This is now a political football. This is not about women’s health in this country.” - -Toronto Star May 3, 2010
Ruth was appointed to the Senate as an Independent in 2005 by Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin, but joined the Conservative caucus a year later.  She says she has never felt any awkwardness about the fact she is gay from Prime Minister Stephen Harper or any of his staff. "It just isn't an issue. I'm first and foremost a women's rights activist." - CBC May 10, 2009

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wilson said...

The G&M has a more balanced report on Senator Ruth's reaction to the aid groups.

CanadianSense said...

I was having preemptive fun, because we know how the forces of good aka the "centrists" like to frame conservatives as the "forces of darkness".

Thanks for the link to G & M article.

"Her comments were a suggestion of strategy, not a threat. She was arguing that if the activists let the abortion issue alone, there is a better chance the maternal-health plan will include programs for family planning and contraception. "

I do like the senator telling others to stop making this about a wedge issue and I knew it was not a "threat" because of her views and willingness to speak up about them.

Patrick Ross said...

Then, lo and behold, family planning has been included in the plan.

I wouldn't say that Nancy Ruth has spoken "truth to power" (as part of the government, she would the "power" side of the equation), she has clearly spoken "truth".

But apparently that's too much for a lot of pro-abortion activists. See, they're the only ones allowed to tell people to "shut the fuck up" about abortion.

CanadianSense said...

Patrick I agree the title may be misleading. I view this minority government of 145 CPC serve at the pleasure of the majority. The majority are the Liberal, Bloc, NDP that can block or remove the CPC agenda. Up until recently the Liberals were able to block, delay and modify the Bills in the senate. This is why the Bills that sailed through parliament are now getting debated inside the House of Commons.

When the CPC hold a majority in both houses the phrase will be completely misleading.