Scheer says he is personally against abortion, but would not reopen debate

OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer says he’s personally towards abortion, however promised once more Thursday {that a} Conservative authorities below his management wouldn’t reopen the talk.

His political rivals pushed the Conservative chief to make clear his stance on abortion on the French-language debate hosted by personal tv community TVA on Wednesday night time, demanding to know whether or not he’s personally in favour of ladies having the appropriate to decide on to finish pregnancies.

Scheer did not reply the query about his private views on stage, and he has evaded such questions since earlier than the election marketing campaign started.

On Thursday, Scheer determined to elaborate, whereas arguing he has been upfront about his place since he first ran for workplace 15 years in the past.

“My personal position has always been open and consistent,” Scheer mentioned Thursday in Higher Kingsclear, N.B.

“I am personally pro-life, but I have also made the commitment that as leader of this party, it is my responsibility to ensure that we do not reopen this debate, that we focus on issues that unite our party and unite Canadians,” he mentioned.

“That is exactly what I will do and that is why I will vote against measures that attempt to reopen this debate.”

Scheer was pressed to make clear his stance on abortion this summer season after it emerged that his Quebec lieutenant, Alain Rayes, had instructed candidates within the province that backbench MPs wouldn’t be allowed to deliver ahead any payments or motions on the problem.

That goes towards get together coverage, which created confusion till Scheer, a practising Catholic who has voted in favour of limiting abortion rights up to now, mentioned he would oppose any try to revive the problem within the Home of Commons.

New Democrat Chief Jagmeet Singh mentioned Scheer ought to have elaborated on his place sooner.

“The fact that he said it today, but he didn’t say it during the debate when asked directly, certainly shows a lack of courage,” Singh mentioned in Toronto.

Trudeau, earlier than he grew to become Liberal chief, mentioned that he was personally towards abortion, however didn’t consider anybody ought to inform a lady what decisions to make involving her personal physique. Trudeau, who can be a practising Catholic, instructed The Canadian Press final month that he disagrees with what the Catholic Church teaches about abortion.

As prime minister, Trudeau required all Liberal MPs to vote along with his authorities on issues of reproductive well being, and would-be candidates for his get together are requested in the course of the nomination course of whether or not that will be an issue.

Requested whether or not his resolution to lastly say extra about his private views would put the matter to relaxation on the marketing campaign path, Scheer mentioned he expects the Liberals to maintain speaking about it as a solution to distract Canadians from their very own report.

“It’s a historic Liberal strategy, that when a Liberal government was dealing with scandal and corruption, it tried to sow fear among Canadians. It tried to divide Canadians with false attacks,” Scheer mentioned.

“So, I expect Justin Trudeau to continue to sow fear and division among Canadians, but Canadians can trust that as prime minister of Canada, I would not reopen this debate,” he mentioned.

Trudeau, in the meantime, accused the Conservatives of attempting to distract from their very own report on local weather change by making hay out of the truth that the Liberals have two marketing campaign planes — one for passengers and one for cargo.

Scheer had introduced it up in the course of the debate on Wednesday night time, calling Trudeau a hypocrite on the setting.

The Liberals mentioned the marketing campaign is shopping for carbon offsets for greenhouse-gas emissions the planes produce, and did the identical for 2 planes in 2015.

“What we’re seeing here from the Conservatives is a classic and desperate attempt to distract from the fact that they have zero approach on climate change — don’t even think it’s important,” Trudeau mentioned Thursday in Montreal.

“It’s a well-established far-right tactic to try and discredit environmentalists and people who actually want to fight the environment by distracting.”

With one other main debate behind them, the federal get together leaders had been scattering throughout the nation Wednesday.

They’re all hoping that when the mud settles after the French-language debate, they’ll have damaged out of the stasis the polls hold displaying, regardless of three weeks of every get together working laborious to persuade Canadians to help them within the Oct. 21 election.

Trudeau stayed in Montreal, the place he met with native candidates and supporters. Scheer took his marketing campaign to Atlantic Canada, with stops in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Singh is in Toronto, returning to areas the place he’s hoping to take seats again from Liberals after an prolonged sojourn in British Columbia.

The Greens’ Elizabeth May and the Individuals’s Celebration’s Maxime Bernier are additionally on their respective residence turfs — May on Vancouver Island and Bernier in Quebec’s Beauce area.

Subsequent week the leaders have two extra debates, these organized by the brand new federal debates fee.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 3, 2019.

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