Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Monday, June 07, 2004

Critical Difference 

Lorne Gunter's column in Friday's Edmonton Journal ("Hectic-voter day will burn Liberals") unwittingly points out a critical philosophical difference between the Conservative and Liberal federal parties. On the subject of pre-abortion counselling, Conservative Rob Merrifield mused that all women should undergo mandatory counselling before having an abortion. Gunter erroneously concludes that Paul Martin says the same thing when he says "I think you should always refer to counselling before a woman goes ahead with an abortion." Merrifield thinks there should be a law enforcing counselling; Martin thinks women should seriously consider it. Must versus should.

There's a big difference Lorne, and it points out a fundamental difference between the parties. Conservatives like to have laws to make people do what they, the Conservative party, think is right. Liberals like to convince people to do what they, the individual, thinks is right.

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