The Conservatives announce the launch of silly season...
I know that Stephen Harper has jammed his size-8 penny loafers in the mouths of his caucus and has managed to "control the message" til now. However, is it possible that he thinks he's going to be able to shut up the caucus through this doomed-to-fail "conscience" vote? Does he honestly think that no one is going to look like a reactionary idiot before this ends, and that the vote itself isn't going to become fodder for the opposition next election?
Or is he betting that Canadians are going to fall for this defense of family religious paranoia doctrine?
Naturally, down south the defense of the family only goes for family values, not the actual family, as the reaction of the self-same Family Research Council to the news of a vaccine for the Human Papilloma virus this week shows. The skinny on this one -> teenage girls will have more sex now that there is a vaccine for HPv because the reason they're not doing it now is that, ohmygod! everyone knows sex causes cancer.