There is an interesting exchange taking place between the Conservative and Liberal candidates in the riding of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam.
It all started when someone on the Liberal team found an article titled “The Flip Side of Abortion Extremism” written by James Moore, the Conservative candidate in Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam. The article was published in 1999 in the UNBC student newspaper, Over the Edge. In that article Moore describes Canada as a country of “political timidity” with “a crippled democratic impulse”. But the real shocker is how Mr. Moore mocks the well-being of a pregnant woman as a legitimate reason for abortion and suggests that:
“ …a woman could legally argue that that her well-being could be self-defined as perhaps not wanting to gain weight, or not wanting to lose the use of a wardrobe.”
James Moore in the UNBC student newspaper, Over the Edge
Stewart McGillivray the Liberal seeking election in Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam asked James Moore to clarify where he really stands on the abortion issue. He added that silence is not an option in the light of such shocking extremism.
And by way of an explanation came these comments by James Moore;
“If there’s a story tonight, tomorrow I’m going to send out a press release saying that the Liberal candidate in my riding has cheated on all of his exams,” he said. “I look forward to CTV getting a reaction from him.”
The Honourable James Moore, MP for Port Moody-Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam,
To which Stewart McGillivray replied in a letter to James Moore;
I am writing in regards to your comments on April 15. Threatening a campaign of misinformation is beyond the pale for a Minister of the Crown.
Your party has effectively launched a crusade against youth engagement during this campaign, by vetting young participants on Facebook and attempting to literally steal youth votes at the University of Guelph. Publicly threatening a youth who dares to engage in democracy and run for office is consistent with your party’s governing morality, but enraging nonetheless.
Issuing threats against an opponent rather than taking responsibility for one’s words and actions is not leadership. Attempting to deter youth engagement with intimidation is not what Canadian democracy is about. Though I am new to politics, lashing out at those whose views do not run parallel to your own does not seem to lie within the bounds of acceptable political discourse. I seek, but do not expect, an apology for your petty and misdirected comments, and for your attempt to undercut youth involvement. I do, however, demand that you retract your apparent threat against my academic reputation.
Should be fun to see how this plays out. Will Moore apologize? Stay tuned!