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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Me am bizarro Justice Minister!

I see now that the phrase "Western alienation" refers not to a feeling of isolation experienced by the aggregate population of the Canadian prairies and Pacific coast, but rather to the more literal truth that elected officials in Alberta are, in fact, from another planet--perhaps Htrae?

On the other hand, it's entirely feasible that Ron Stevens is from the Alternate Universe. Has he been sporting a goatee recently?

From today's National Post:

The Alberta government will introduce legislation this month to allow children to sue their mothers for car crash injuries they suffer while still in the womb.

The legislation, a Canadian first, raises concerns it will open the door for mothers to be sued for other activities they pursue while pregnant, such as alcohol consumption or high-exertion sports.

However, Alberta Justice Minister Ron Stevens said the legislation will be written narrowly enough to avoid these worries. Legislation of this type exists in Britain and law academics say it has not undermined women's rights.

"I'm absolutely clear that this legislation is focused on a particular circumstance and it will comply with the direction of the Supreme Court ... and that it will not open the door to other cases," Mr. Stevens said yesterday. "I have no intention of going there."

The entire article may be found here.

No intention of going there? Disingenuous much? By implicitly elevating an "unborn child" to the status of personhood, this law doesn't just open the door, it pops the hinges and plops down a welcome mat.


  • At 1:05 p.m., Blogger Pacanukeha said…

    Strangely enough, the family want the child to sue the mother so her driving insurance will pay for the cost of the settlement and thus pay for the care of the child.

  • At 1:52 p.m., Blogger Labris said…

    So on top of anthropomorphizing a zygote, the legislation also encourages--is premised on--abusive lunacy. Wonderful.


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