Ottawa September 27, 2017 – The House of Commons Status of Women Committee was established to promote the equality of all women. Yet, this committee does not support the equality of all women, but only supports those select women who accept an extreme feminist ideology.

The ugly underpinnings of this committee were exposed when the majority MPs walked out of the committee meeting because the newly nominated chairperson held different views on abortion.

Rachael Harder, a Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, was appointed by the Opposition Leader which is the normal practice in accordance with Parliamentary tradition. Other house committees also elect chairs from the official opposition: Public Accounts, Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and Government Operations and Estimates.  Ms. Harder is an intelligent, articulate and competent woman, yet she is discriminated against because she doesn’t hold the same views as some other women on the committee.

This deeply flawed committee, with a majority of Liberal MPs, requires all its members to march in lockstep with each other and not dare express opposing views. What kind of democracy is this?

The Liberal Members on the Status of Women Committee apparently do not understand that women differ because of their diverse economic, cultural, religious and educational backgrounds. No sane person believes that all men think alike.  So why do they hold such a peculiar standard for women?

The MPs who walked out of the committee have disgraced all women by their actions, and insulted our intelligence, integrity and independence.

These obtuse committee members claim that the Chair of the committee must support “reproductive choice” (abortion), on the basis that it is “the foundation of women’s equality”. Who says so?  This is not the view of most women who are not obsessed with this issue, as are feminists.  There is no woman’s “right” to abortion as neither the Supreme Court of Canada nor any UN Treaty has ever upheld this.

Unless and until the Status of Women Committee is prepared to listen to the differing voices of all women in Canada, it should be disbanded. The committee has shown itself to be an empty shell pretending to represent Canadian women.  It does not and never has.

Related articles:

Globe and Mail Editorial October 1 2017 – Keep the purity tests out of parliament

The Daily Caller October 4 2017 –  Liberals Reject Pro-Life MP. Reopen Abortion Debate in Canada

Globe and Mail Editorial October 5 2017 – Is it now okay to discriminate against people who oppose abortion?

National Post October 5 2017 – Andrew Coyne: Liberals’ moral arrogance on full display in fight over Status of Women chair