Gordon O’Connor, the Conservative MP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, was only one of four Conservatives who voted against the second reading of Bill C-484, the Unborn Victims of Violent Crime legislation, which passed by a vote of 147-132. The other three Conservatives were from Quebec, so they don’t count. That leaves Gordon O’Connor, the former Minister of Defense, who represents a semi-rural and socially conservative district, as the odd man out.
That’s right, Gordon O’Connor was the only Conservative outside Quebec to vote to ensure criminal thugs don’t get tagged with an additional criminal charge when they assault a pregnant woman.
I talked to Social Conservative United’s captain of underground operations last night and he said that many people he has talked to in the district are very upset with Mr. O’Connor.
Many expressed the belief that they feel betrayed by someone who was supposed to represent the Conservative Party’s tough law and order position, but instead they feel they got stuck with a bleeding heart liberal. And not just any liberal but a liberal who refuses to stand up for the most defenseless and vulnerable persons in our society: pregnant women and their unborn children.
It’s saying quite a bit when even the Taliban find Defense Minister O’Connor’s views on women and children pretty extreme.
Since this bill still has to make it to third reading, it’s not too late to appeal to Mr. O’Connor’s good sense. He is otherwise a solid MP who supported the traditional definition of marriage and many other social conservative causes. But he must be told that his first vote on this Bill was the wrong one. So, please, contact Gordon O’Connor here, especially if you live in Carleton-Mississippi Mills, and ask him if his heart bleeds for more than just thugs who attack helpless women and babies.