Stephen Woodworth Will Ask Consent To Expand 'What Is Human?' Motion 476 to Include Hand Puppets

By: Thomas Hagey
| Published 04/08/2014

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What Is Human? MP Woodworth to Seek Unanimous Consent from House of Commons

Woodworth: 'It'll Be A Sad Day For Puppets'


OTTAWA – Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre today announced that he would be seeking unanimous consent in the House of Commons for Motion 476, and an additional Motion 476a, on Thursday, April 10th at approximately 10:00 AM during Routine Proceedings in the House of Commons. Motion 476 calls on all Members of Parliament to affirm that every Canadian law must be interpreted in a manner which recognizes the equal worth and dignity of everyone who is in fact a human being. Motion 476a will seek to include hand puppets as well.

Under Parliamentary rules Woodworth cannot, without unanimous consent, bring this Motion to a vote so he will seek the unanimous consent of Members of Parliament. During Woodworth’s Member’s Statement on Monday, March 31, 2014 he noted that “If even one Member of this House refuses to consent to this essential principle of democratic governance it will be a dark and dangerous day for Canada.”

Woodworth said: “Laws like subsection 223(1), which falsely condemn as non-human those we know to be human, are savage and inhumane, a throwback to a more barbarous age.” Any Member opposing Motion 476 is denying the equal worth and dignity of every member of the human family affirmed in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He went on to say that in addition, "Similarly, if anyone opposes Motion 476a, they clearly haven't seen the latest Muppet Movie and are simply out of touch with their Child side...and probably reality as well."

Woodworth posing with his hand puppets "Les" and "Bess" in a press conference says " I would like this Motion to include hand puppets as well because they are so human-like at times to me, and have become almost equals when it comes to hammering home some of my best ideas in parliament. It'll be a sad day for puppets if this Motion goes down in flames.

Woodworth says Motion 476a (which will include puppets) will underline the reason why it is important for Canadians to refuse to accept any law which condemns as non-human anyone we know to be human or suspect to have human-like qualities...for instance--puppets!

Miss Piggy, whom is often viewed as more human than some people and certainly more than some politicians, could not be reached for comment.

Below: MP Stephen Woodworth with his parliamentary puppet friends "Les" and "Bess"

Stephen Woodworth, MP Kitchener Centre, Conservative, Motion 476, Motion 476a,humour on Kw Now Media