July 27, 2011 | No Comments
There’s a touch of drama in the Canadian blogosphere these days. You see, a little while back, pseudonymous blogger Fern Hill notedthat Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak once signed a petition calling for the defunding of abortion. This quickly became a mini-controversy.
Mark Peninga, who, I guess, originally covered the matter a few years ago, took to the pixels of the Toronto Star complaining that Ms. Hill’s blog post was ‘gotcha’ journalism (which, maybe it kinda was – so what?). Ms. Hill contacted the Star, seeking an opportunity for rebuttal, but unfortunately, since the Star doesn’t publish such things pseudonymously (which, I’m okay with), her response was not to be. So instead, she posted online.
Personally, I’m not that interested – not in the personal spat between Ms. Hill and Mr. Peninga, nor the ‘controversy’ surrounding Mr. Hudak’s past policy stance… if signing a petition actually qualifies.
I don’t imagine this issue will have much effect on the electorate. And I don’t think Mr. Hudak, should he be elected, will defund abortion. I’m going to guess that he is Pro Life, and that could mean that in his perfect little world, there’d be legal abortion (though there’d probably be no demand for abortion in his perfect world, either). He’s not going to be the anti-Morgentaler, leading us to some sort of neo-troglodyte dark age where the demand for coat hangers skyrockets. He’ll most likely be a forgetable one-term premier who leaves little lasting impact on the province.
Bloggers are welcome to run with this matter as much as they want, but if the Liberals or NDP think they can ride this to victory, well, prepare yourself for a blue-tinted Ontario this fall.