I’ll admit I don’t regularly read the Hansard, but maybe I should, if this is what I’ll find.
December 4th Hansard:
Hon. Stéphane Dion (Leader of the Opposition, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, … for my first question to a Prime Minister, I feel I must talk about women’s rights.
When the government is posting multi-billion dollar budget surpluses thanks to the previous Liberal government, why on earth is the Prime Minister closing 12 of the 16 Status of Women offices across Canada if it is not to cripple those who dare challenge his government’s neo-conservative ideology?
Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC):
[after congratulating Dion and Graham]
Mr. Speaker, the government is reallocating money for women’s programming from bureaucracy to programming directly for women. I can assure all members of the House that when the government reallocates money, it does so to make it more effective for ordinary people, not to flow it into party coffers.
To suggest that the women who work at Status of Women Canada (SWC) and/or those who receive funding from SWC reallocate money into Liberal Party coffers is an insult to all women who work for progressive change in this country. Prime Minister Harper should apologize for that comment!