Conservative MP and current Exalted Grand Wizard of the Ultra-super-duper, totally top secret Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus (or "NAMBLA") Rod Bruinooge is all about the fetuses:
In Canada in 2008, our citizens have no legal value while in the wombs of their mothers.
No, no, no, that doesn't read quite right. Here, let me help:
In Canada in 2008, our citizens have no legal value while
in the wombs of their mothersbeing brown and incarcerated in other countries.
Yeah, that reads so much better, wouldn't you say?
NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT, I'm fascinated by the citizenship implications of Bruinooge's "logic." Is Bruinooge suggesting that fetuses are technically "citizens?" Because if he is, things get really, really interesting.
It's generally accepted that anyone born in Canada is a Canadian "citizen." But if Bruinooge wants to extend "citizenship" to fetuses, that would suggest that anyone who is conceived in Canada is, by logical extension, also a citizen. And wouldn't that make illegal immigration and deportation so much more amusing, as anyone caught illegally in Canada and facing deportation would simply have to, on short notice, get knocked up while still on Canadian soil, at which point -- nine months later -- they would merely have to establish a timeline to retroactively claim Canadian citizenship for the newborn.
Come on, Rod, tell me that's what you're suggesting -- tell me you actually want to grant the status of citizenship at the moment of conception. The legal implications would be just too much fun for words.