When Liberal leader Mike Ignatieff announced his new shadow cabinet shuffle last week, noticeably absent from the list of high profile promotions were women. I suppose it is simply a foregone conclusion in the land of Liberals that they will get the majority of female votes, and it is not necessary to promote them to their prominent front bench positions. Though I can't say that I disagree with Carolyn Bennett's demotion from the Health portfolio, even if she is more qualified for that position than her replacement, disgraced former NDP Premier Ujjal Dosangh.
Their moral compass on women's health is certainly skewed, promoting the idea that the best way to save lives of mothers and babies in Africa is to build more abortion clinics. Who cares that the primary causes of death in the 3rd world are starvation, contaminated drinking water, and disease; the maternal health debate was a great opportunity for the Liberals to re-open the abortion debate in Canada. If their motive was truly to save the lives of women, they should be focused on the factors that kill them. You could save tens of thousands more lives by building safe diarrhea clinics as opposed to safe abortion clinics.