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Scheer says Liberals deflecting from scandals with abortion, same-sex marriage

Last Updated Aug 29, 2019 at 4:18 pm PDT

Summary

Federal Tory leader is accusing the Liberals of trying to distract from their record of failure

Andrew Scheer says if the Conservatives win, his government would not re-open debate on abortion or same-sex marriage

OTTAWA – Andrew Scheer says the Liberals are trying to distract from their record of failure by dredging up divisive social issues.

The Conservative leader says a government he might lead would not re-open debate on abortion or same-sex marriage.

But he says individual MPs would be free to express themselves on those issues — leaving open the possibility that private members’ bills could be used to try to restrict LGBT people’s rights or the right to abort a pregnancy.

Scheer says those issues are settled and, as prime minister, he would oppose any measure to re-open them.

Both have been bedevilling Scheer for the past week, since the Liberals circulated a 14-year-old video of him explaining to the House of Commons why he was opposed to same-sex marriage.

His Quebec lieutenant, meanwhile, has sown confusion over the abortion issue, telling Conservative candidates in the province that backbench MPs would not be allowed to propose private member’s bills to restrict abortion access.