Why Harper is cracking the whip — and why he has to | iPolitics

Why Harper is cracking the whip — and why he has to | iPolitics.

A too-clever-by-half commentary from former Conservative communications director Geoff Norquay, who characterizes Stephen Harper’s control-freakery as something in which he has no choice because the “extremists on both sides” of the abortion debate prevent Canadians from “having a rational discussion.”

Unfortunately, his argument rests on a flawed premise. The abortion “debate” isn’t a choice between two extremes. He’s using a false equivalence. If there’s a “debate” here at all, it’s between those who refuse to discuss curtailing the freedoms of their fellow citizens on the one hand, and those who want to use sophistry and misdirection to re-assert patriarchal control over women’s bodies and reproductive choices on the other. There’s really no “debate” here at all.

The *real* sad commentary is that we have to keep going through this at all.

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