The following quote is taken from a newspaper story by Warren Kinsella, in the Calgary Sun, that’s in general harshly critical of the views of Wildrose Alliance leader Danielle Smith. Danielle’s party is a strong contender in the upcoming Alberta elections.
“How does she get away with that? How, in particular, does her caucus — who are, overwhelmingly, hard-Right social conservatives — let her get away with that? How can she, for example, say she’s “pro-choice” and also call abortions at four months “horrific?”
To do that, Smith has come up with an interesting little bit of “doublespeak” — she calls it conscience rights. It means, under a Wildrose government, if a doctor or nurse’s “conscience” opposes abortion, then they can refuse to perform them.
If a marriage commissioner opposes same-sex unions, they can refuse those, too.
If a public servant’s “conscience” is against anything, apparently, they can refuse to do it.
You can see where this might go, in Alberta and elsewhere.
If a bureaucrat’s “conscience” is troubled, they can say no to just about anything. Licensing oilsands extraction. Building a road. Cutting down a tree….”
And while this news story focuses on abortion, just consider the implications for food rights and raw milk. Just imagine, regulators letting their conscience override government diktats.
Update 6:11 pm Sunday: From Darren Woods, Chief Policy Correspondent, Wildrose Alliance:
Thank-you for contacting us with your question. The Wildrose believes in free market enterprise, and we oppose unreasonable government intervention between producer and consumer in any market. We support the right of our dairy producers to sell their product wherever demand exists for it, along with the right of Alberta consumers to purchase unpasturized milk if they so desire.
This issue is not frequently raised by our members or stakeholder groups, and as a result, it is not officially addressed in Wildrose policy. However, Wildrose Agriculture Critic Paul Hinman has acknowledged the issue of excessive government intervention in the dairy sector, and has indicated his support for the right to purchase unpasturized milk given properly mandated truth in product labelling.
Please contact me with any additional questions or concerns.
Wow, this is great news. Is this the first time in recent Canadian history that a political party has come out in support peoples rights to buy and sell raw milk?