Let me say right up front, that having listened to dozens of US and Canadian radio talk show hosts, I think that QR77’s Danielle Smith is one of the best in North America. But she still is plagued by some massive blind spots of the type that led her, as Wildrose Party leader, to cross the floor and join the corrupt and unpopular Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta.
Currently, it’s her fundamentalist Progressivism that steers her into the ditch. Listening to a recent show, she dismissed both Derek Sloan and Leslyn Lewis as potential leaders of the Conservative Party of Canada, because, they have some non-Progressivist positions on social issues, and she says: “Canadians don’t want to go backwards on social issues.” Actually, many of us would argue that we need to go back to regain sanity.
Irregardless, Danielle completely ignored Lewis’s five specific, and only positions on social issues.
Lewis will do nothing on same-sex marriage because that ship has sailed, and I agree with her. Canada made a deal with same sex couples, and while I oppose the demands of the LGBT radicals to co-opt whatever cultural traditions they wish, I absolutely detest people and companies and countries that break contracts.
Lewis’s other foray into social issues is abortion, and she’s laid out four specific policies that the overwhelming majority of Canadians agree with.
1. She would outlaw aborting baby girls just because they’re baby girls. 91% of Canadians agree.
2. She would outlaw coerced abortions. Anyone who would object to that should be ignored.
3. She would increase funding for counseling and support for women and girls facing unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. That’s an initiative that the pro-choice side has been advocating for decades.
4. Lewis would end funding abortions in developing countries, for the very good reason, that most people in these developing countries, and I know this for a fact, oppose this cultural imposition. They view it as 21st century colonialism, and someone should let Justin Trudeau know.
And Danielle Smith needs to break out of her intellectual straitjacket on some of these social issues, and do a 3 C rethink, that is, think Carefully, Courageously, and Completely.
I’m Dave Reesor