Saturday, June 03, 2006

Coincidence? Steven Harper ( Trader, Lap Dog to Bush, Republican)

Mr. Harper is becomming More and More the LAP DOG of the U.S. President, His "Fucked-uptedness George W. Bush. Is it a coincidence that these two issues are reported within days of each other as If the two leaders are trying to rally the troops to change the laws already passed in Canada. Not that Both these leaders want to TURN the EYES of the voting body AWAY from the WAR IN IRAQ, by putting a polarizing issue on the table to turn the attention away from Matters that really MATTER...


IS IT ME OR IS STEPHEN HARPER BECOMMING MORE LIKE GEORGE W. BUSH EVERY DAY ???? Lets put an end to the Minority Government NOW!! Let's bring down the government to a screetching HALT!! shall we...


by Ben Thompson, Ottawa Bureau

Canada To Hold Gay Marriage Repeal Vote In Fall

(Montreal, Quebec) Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday that he is planning to hold a free vote on repealing Canada's same-sex marriage law this fall.

Same-sex marriage was legalized last year by the Liberal government of Paul Martin following court rulings in a majority of provinces.

The Conservatives during this year's election campaign pledged to revisit the issue and in Montreal Friday Harper said that he was fulfilling that promise.

During the campaign Harper said that he would first hold a vote asking the Commons if it wanted to revisit the issue, but since the election the Catholic Church and evangelical Christian groups opposed to gay marriage have been pressuring the government to avoid the question and move directly to introducing a repeal bill.

Speaking with reporters Friday Harper hedged which he would do.

There have been growing reports that many members of his own party do not want the issue raised. On Wednesday the Canadian Press reported that a substantial number of cabinet ministers oppose bringing up a topic which in the past has been used to paint the party as intolerant. (story)

"At this stage, we've debated it pretty thoroughly,'' Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn told CP.

There also are indications even Harper is uneasy but feels obligated to hold a marriage vote and wants to get it over before his minority government is forced to go to the polls.

All three opposition parties support same-sex marriage.

Straw polls of MPs taken by a number of national media outlets and by LGBT rights groups indicate that any motion to reopen the debate would fail by a wide margin. Even a direct repeal bill would most likely fail.

LGBT rights group Egale has been taunting the government to quickly hold a vote on revisiting gay marriage, confident it would fail.

"We're relieved he has finally given a firm date when the vote will happen," Gilles Marchildon of EGALE Canada told on Friday. "We're sorry it is not happening earlier.

Marchildon said that Harper is only using the issue to solidify his party's base. "It is clear he is using us as fodder for his reelection campaign," Marchildon said..

Harper also was asked Friday about an invitation he received inviting him to the Opening Ceremonies of this summer's Outgames in Montreal.

The Prime Minister said that a final decision has not been made on his summer travel plans.

"I don't know what the status of that invitation is, he told reporters. "We haven't got any plans at the moment, but haven't made final decisions for our summer travel."

© 2006


Bush calls for gay marriage ban

Mr Bush criticised rulings on the issue by "activist courts"
US President George W Bush has called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages.

Mr Bush used his weekly radio address to deliver a plea for the US Senate to formally define marriage as the union of man and woman.

He said the measure was needed because "activist courts" left no alternative.

An amendment stands little chance of being passed but analysts say Republicans see the issue as a vote winner in November's mid-term polls.

They say the president is seeking to switch the spotlight onto positive issues for his party in the wake of his slumping popularity - particularly over Iraq.

Opinion polls

Mr Bush said: "Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and a wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society."

A constitutional amendment will put a decision that is critical to American families and American society in the hands of the American people
George W Bush

Judges have recently rejected laws on traditional marriages in states such as Washington, California and New York.

"An amendment to the constitution is necessary because activist courts have left our nation with no other choice," Mr Bush said.

However, an amendment would require two-thirds support in the House and Senate. A similar measure was defeated in 2004.

Republicans are hoping their stance on an issue that opinion polls suggest is shared by the public will boost votes in November, when they fear losing control of Congress.

A recent Gallup poll suggested 59% of Americans were opposed to validating gay marriage in law.

The Democrats accuse their rivals of applying a smokescreen.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said: "Bush Republicans would rather focus on purely divisive manoeuvres than real solutions that address the growing energy crisis."


Blogger Echo Mouse said...

Pick up the latest issue of Rolling Stone. OR visit my other blog and I have a link to the article there. It's all about Bush being the worst President in History, AND, a worrisome thought about how far he might go to stay on past his term.

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