When was Rona Ambrose last asked about her status of women file?
On Wednesday, Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose voted in favour of a motion that would have created a parliamentary committee to study the Criminal Code definition of when life begins. Motion 312, presented by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, was defeated 203 to 91.In the House of Commons Thursday, Ambrose was questioned about her vote and said this:
This is the first question I’ve received on the status of women file this year. In fact, I think this is the first question I’ve received since last year as well. And you know why that is? Because this government has an incredible track record for standing up for Canadian women. We have increased funding for Status of Women to its highest point in Canadian history and so far in just a couple of years, we’ve funded over 550 projects from coast to coast to coast to tackle violence against women and empower women and girls and we’ll continue to do just that.
Asked to clarify what Ambrose meant by “this year” — in the two weeks since MPs returned from the summer break? Since Jan. 1, 2012? Since Sept. 27, 2011? — a spokeswoman for her office explained that she had couched it in “I think” and wouldn’t answer specific questions about when the last question had been posed.
The spokeswoman said she would have to spend a day going through Hansard to figure it out.
Laura Payton Laura has been covering politics since 2007, working in a number of newsrooms around Parliament Hill. Originally from Saskatchewan, she studied journalism at Carleton University and then briefly covered crime and animal stories in Vancouver before missing politics and returning to the capital. When not chasing politicians down hallways, she’s trying out new recipes or watching bad reality TV.
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