Rona Ambrose accuses her own party's senators of playing 'political games' as sex assault bill looks poised to die - 2019-06-13
OTTAWA — Former Conservative Party interim leader Rona Ambrose is urging senators from her own party to "put people before politics" and prevent her bill, on educating judges about sexual assault, from dying on the Senate floor.
A "frustrated" Ambrose, who resigned from the House of Commons two years ago, told the National Post on Thursday she has heard "directly" from Conservative senators that they intend to prevent at all costs the passage of another private member's bill, one that seeks to harmonize Canadian laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
If a vote on the UNDRIP bill doesn't happen, other private member's bills that are farther down on the order paper — notably including her Bill C-337, which would require judges to complete mandatory training on sexual assault law — will die. Ambrose said she has gotten the message "loud and clear" that that's the plan, but she's still fighting. "They have an opportunity to show they put victims of sexual assault and women's issues before political games," she said.