Unfortunately, abortion will not even be a blip on the radar in this election. ANY talk of changing the abortion laws in this country brings insant demonization in the popular media and makes any hope of winning the election evaporate. In fact, anything that hints at social conservatism in this very highly secularized country has the same effect. That’s what caused the Conservatives’ lead to evaporate in the last election.
Like it or not, this is something that is going to take years to bring the abortion issue to the fore again. Before we can ever hope to make it a viable political issue, as opposed to a one-way ticket to political exile, we need to make it an issue in the Canadian conscience, a conscience dominated currently by secular humanist values. The way to do this is not through political parties and election campaigns but rather in direct appeals to individual Canadians, letters to the editors, etc. We will never get politicians in parties with a hope of gaining power to take up the abortion issue until we can get Canadians to want them to. Politicians are above all pragmatic when it comes to electioneering.
We have a choice - we can demand the Conservatives make this an issue in this election and get more years of Liberal rule because the conscience of the nation has not been pricked - or we can work towards getting the Conservatives elected and begin moving this country back towards traditional values. The latter route may seem ardurous, but it brings a swifter hope of success than forcing the abortion issue in an election climate that is strongly opposed to revisiting the matter.
The pendulum has swung a long way here, we cannot get it back instantly but must first stop its upward swing so that it can begin to swing back.