I actually don't think the PMO even bothered to think through this initiative. In fact, the Conservatives didn't seem to realize where other nations stood on the issue, and that their ideological bent would completely derail the intended benefit. I can't fault the Liberals for using wedge politics, because frankly the prospects of Harper actually pulling off this makeover attempt was offensive- women and children used as pawns to soften the edges of a politician desperate to look somewhat sympathetic. The PMO saw the Haiti situation, then used these issues to cobble together a new narrative- again, if I'm wrong, someone give me some chronology to show the pre-Bono evolution.
The anti-choice forces feel emboldened, for some strange reason. I take great solace in the fact that Harper is getting ZERO traction on this issue, beyond his borg-like base:
Stephen Harper's much-vaunted maternal health initiative that was meant to galvanize next month's G8 summit is now causing some queasiness — among Canadians and internationally.
A new poll suggests that a majority of Canadians opposes the Prime Minister's refusal to fund safer abortions in developing countries, even as international concern grows about the state of his G8 maternal health initiative.
The Canadian Press-Harris Decima poll found that 58 per cent of respondents oppose Harper's exclusion of abortion funding in his drive to improve maternal and child health in poor countries.
That's up from about 46 per cent in March, when a similar question about aid for abortion access was asked. The increase suggests people are taking their time to think through the complex pros and cons before making up their minds, said Megan Tam, vice-president at Harris-Decima.
"It appears that the general sentiment of most Canadians is to have a maternal health policy that includes funding for abortion," she said.
Only 30 per cent of respondents said they would support the government's decision, down from about 48 per cent in March.
Fantastic. Harper was never a pure advocate, and his pro-life base has forced a further politicization, alientating Canada from its partners, and now casting a poor light at home. It's just right that this issue blow up in the PMO's faces, because it was never sincere, it was just convenient. If the Conservatives actually did improve their standing with Canadians, that would just be wrong, wrong, wrong. The great humanitarian was always a charlatan, and I'm glad his narrow base has exposed the fraud for everyone to see. Let's just hope they is some red faced moments at the G8 summit as well, because a more deserving fraud is hard to fathom. Harsh, but OHHH so true.