This statement was made by Senator St-Germain On October 2, 2012 concerning the vote in favour of Stephen Woodworth’s motion 312 by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister for the Status of Women
“Honourable Senators,
Freedom of expression is a right often taken for granted. As Parliamentarians, we enjoy the use of this right – free from hindrance – every day throughout the discourse of our debates and through other channels of communication. As representatives of the public, we are responsible to uphold this right, and protect its value.
Last week in the other place this coveted right was under siege after being exercised by the Honourable Rona Ambrose during a free vote. The issue of Ms. Ambrose’s vote in favour of Motion 312 goes beyond the subject matter of the Motion itself.
The outcry from the folks condemning her democratic action only highlights the ugly truth in this country that freedom of expression does not exist in the face of intolerance.  The opinions expressed by these special interest groups toward the actions of Ms. Ambrose are rather disingenuous.
They fail to realize that tolerance is a two way street. During my nearly 30 years as a Parliamentarian, never once did I regret my decision to exercise my right to stand up for what I believed in.
And I defended my decisions against dissenting opinions, as was my right to do so – – – as much as it was their right to disagree with me.  But never once was I condemned or cast as morally void for having excised my right to vote freely.
Honourable Senators, whether we agree or disagree with the issue at hand, Ms. Ambrose should be congratulated – – – not condemned – – – for having the courage of her convictions to stand up and freely vote her conscience.
As a Member of Parliament, her actions rightly represent the essence of our democratic society.
Thank you.”
We heartily agree with the Senator’s statement. It seems to us that not only do abortion advocates not want a debate or discussion  about the humanity of the child in the woomb, they would not allow a woman who is minister for the Status of women, the right to vote as she sees fit on this issue.