This is a letter I have just submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office. Full of bile and incoherent as always, but spread the word and agitate. The women of Canada need to be
heard and he needs to know that women elsewhere are listening.
I would have started that with ‘Dear’, but I am shaking with so much rage right now that I feel I owe you very little courtesy. You have lied to me. You have lied to all women.
I am a wife, a mother, and a tax paying citizen of this country barely making a liveable wage while supporting my entire family well under the poverty line while your government does nothing for my husband’s disability. One of my only comforts is being able to control my fertility up to and including abortion.
In December of 2011, I exercised my legal right to choose and had an abortion. I cannot tell you how much it meant to me that I was able to do that and move on with my life. I imagine I am not the only one who feels this way. Appealing to your greed here, I’m certain that I just cost all taxpayers a few less dollars having that abortion too, since I won’t be drowning in further debt and getting additional child tax and that cheap UCCB you think is worth a damn.
One of my only comforts of your government was that this would remain an unquestioned right for women. YOU SAID in the last election that you WOULD NOT re-open the abortion debate. I figured that you would be smart enough to know that a country that is friendly to women when it comes to reproductive rights is a stronger country. I was also hoping that you would be paying attention to the backlash in the States regarding Republicans messing around with women’s right and take heed.
In learning that you are letting some old, white, male, backbencher with no idea what it’s actually like to be in that position, I have lost every ounce of respect I had for you as our leader. As a tax paying Canadian who breaks her back day in and day out, who has never committed a crime, who votes, and who contributes to society I am personally insulted that you allowed this to happen. I guess a Canada for all people is only for cisgendered and white males after all.
You, sir, are a liar and a coward. Make no mistake, there will be no brushing this off and trying to give us a false sense of security now. Nor will you be able to sweep this under the rug. Rest assured that the Conservatives will NEVER have my vote and I will be spreading the word amongst others.
I won’t bother with imploring you to change your mind because I highly doubt your empathy skills and we all know you can’t keep a promise. My bet is that you find this whole thing rather amusing. I too will find it amusing when this backfires on you.
Marie Anelle McLaughlin
Wife of a disabled man, mother of two children, daughter of a retired Air Force Major.
Single income earner
PS. I’m posting this on a blog, since it’s women friendly you probably will not have heard of it, but trust me…it’ll be read.