... and sometimes you get his stupid, evil twin. With Raphael, it really is a total crapshoot, isn't it?
BY THE WAY, it's entertaining to see how fabulously off-base Raphael is with his post title: "Layton Will Reprimand Peter Stoffer For Caring About Mothers," since that's most emphatically not what happened here. Others have followed up with Stoffel and, so far, this is what seems to be the most consistent (although not very compelling) rationale:
Just wanted to let you know I spoke to my MP, Peter Stoffer this afternoon. He explained why he voted for this bill, and said that his vote was consistent with his approach to private members bills (This is true - he has 38 on the go right now, for instance). However, I still strongly believe he should have made an exception to such an incendiary piece of legislation.
Stoffer puts a lot of emphasis on private members bills, and likes to send as many to committee as possible.
I think that that kind of rationalization is eminently fucked up, but if that's Stoffer's genuine defense, then we can safely say that he didn't vote for the bill because he believed in it; rather, he voted for it because he felt some idiotic kind of gentleman's agreement to promote others' private member bills and, also, he assumed that the bill would eventually get properly gutted in committee.
Personally, I think that Stoffer's a complete prat if that's his thinking. However, if one accepts Stoffer at face value, then he certainly isn't going to be censured "for caring about mothers." In addition, Stoffer makes his position clearer at the bottom of that previous link:
Stoffer puts a lot of emphasis on private members bills, and likes to send as many to committee as possible. To paraphrase to the best of my memory, he said he was aware of the concerns about this bill, and expects the committee to address these concerns, by either letting it die in committee or amending the heck out of it. And he also emphatically assured me he is pro-choice, and will continue to be.
In closing, it's nice that Stoffer is unabashedly pro-choice. It is unfortunate that he's such an illogical dumbfuck but, sadly, that's sort of what we expect out of Ottawa these days, isn't it? Even the well-meaning good guys turn out to be retarded twits.
BONUS TRACK: If Raphael seriously thinks that voting for C-484 means you care about mothers, well, he's just so much stupider than even I ever suspected.