Criticized repeatedly by the Liberals for the vagueness of his positions over the past few days, the Conservative leader has gone on the attack, accusing Justin Trudeau's troops of raising divisive social issues in order to distract Canadians from their scandals and their broken promises.
During a press briefing in Toronto, he confirmed that his MPs would have the right to table motions or so-called private members' bills on certain issues, but reiterated that his training would not reopen this debate if she took power.
Qualifying this situation
hypothetical he said he would oppose the measures taken by conservative elected officials who would like to act in this direction, without specifying however what he would do.
Canadians can trusthe promised.
The controversy erupted last Monday when Sylvie Fréchette, Conservative candidate in the riding of Rivière-du-Nord, in the Laurentians, vehemently denied the microphone of Radio-Canada's morning radio show. All morning, that backbenchers could introduce bills or motions that affect access to abortion.
I can confirm that it is false. That's wrong, it's totally wrongsaid Ms. Fréchette.
In an interview published in the Montreal NewspaperLast Saturday, Alain Rayes showed the same firmness.
Andrew Scheer confirmed he would not allow one of his MPs to introduce an anti-abortion billhe had said.
In an email sent to HuffPost CanadaOn Monday, he admitted that he did not present his party's good position on this issue.
If I had a different interpretation [the chief's words], that's my mistake, and the leader's comments prevail. I'm sorry for any confusion, he said.
Then, on Wednesday, Mr. Rayes admitted to an interview on the show Midi info that if a Conservative MP wanted to submit an abortion bill, he could do it:
If a member decided to go against his government, the Prime Minister, his colleagues, and decided to use his parliamentary privilege, we can not stop him.
In the leadership race of the Conservative Party in 2017, Andrew Scheer had openly courted pro-life activists.
A Catholic opposed to abortion, he said that a possible Conservative government would not reopen the debate, without promising to ban members of its caucus from introducing legislation to prevent or restrict abortion.
During the reign of Stephen Harper, there were some bills introduced by Conservative backbenchers. Subject to a free vote by the Conservative leader, they were not adopted.