Another great piece by Dennis Gruending:
Mr. Harper’s comments regarding the Morgentaler appointment can be seen as political. He has promised that his government will not attempt new legislation regarding abortion, although there are three Private Members Bills at various stages that do deal with aspects related to abortion. Harper’s position will have disappointed many in his political universe. By questioning the Morgentaler award he sends a sympathetic signal to his socially conservative base but without having to do anything about it. His base may demand more.
Bet they don't get it. For example, yesterday Jason Kenney went direct to LifeSite with his concerns over the appointment:
Today Conservative MP Jason Kenney, a Minister in the Department of Canadian Heritage, spoke with LifeSiteNews.com about his reaction to the nomination. "I'm deeply disturbed by this nomination," he said. "It violates profoundly the spirit of the Order of Canada which is a symbol that is supposed to unite Canadians. Instead, the advisory council has chosen to divide Canadians."
Kenney added that "those members of the council who made this deliberately contentious choice were more interested in using the Order as a vehicle for their own political views on a contentious issue rather than as a unifying symbol of great achievements which is what the Order was created for."
Harper has distanced his Government from the decision saying, "I have to say this clearly: This is not a decision of the government of Canada."
Kenney concurred, noting further: "There is a provision in the Order which requires the Council to consider rescinding the Order from individuals who after their appointments end up with criminal records or reprimands from their professions. When the constitution of the order was crafted, they didn't even bother to make that apply to prospective nominees because it was at the time probably unthinkable that they would seriously consider a nomination for someone with such a background as this."
...but so far he has been too scared to voice them to any mainstream publications.