Abortion: Rayes tries to put the lid on the contradictions
OTTAWA – Conservative Quebec lieutenant Alain Rayes insists that “a Conservative government will not reopen the debate” on abortion, trying to put the lid on contradictions it has itself fueled.
In an interview with the “Journal de Montréal” broadcast last weekend, Mr. Rayes said that Andrew Scheer had “confirmed that he would not allow one of his MPs to introduce an anti-abortion bill”.
The most recent conservative rookie, Olympic medalist Sylvie Fréchette, repeated these words to Radio-Canada on Monday.
On his Twitter feed on Tuesday, and then in an interview on Radio-Canada’s 24-hour, 60-minute broadcast on Tuesday night, Rayes stuck to a statement that was unclear about the Conservative Party’s intentions.
“Our position on this subject is extremely clear, our leader has always been clear, (…) a Conservative government will not reopen this debate (on abortion),” Rayes told Radio-Canada, refusing to whether chief Andrew Scheer would allow bills to be introduced by backbenchers to restrict the right to abortion.
“I always spoke with my heart and in all sincerity with the candidates,” said Rayes, denying that he had “lied” to them in any way.
In July, conservative candidates in Quebec told Canadian Press that they wanted to have a good time with Mr. Rayes before joining Mr. Scheer’s party.
One of them, Jessica Ebacher, who is in Drummond, said she wanted to make sure that “the debate was over and it would not come off” under a Conservative government.
The candidate in La Prairie, Isabelle Lapointe, assured that the debate will not be “reopened”. “That’s very clear. There is not a glimmer, there is no doubt, and if I had one, I tell you, I would not have made the jump, “she said.
On Tuesday, everyone returned to the ranks by posting a unit on social networks and refusing to return the calls from The Canadian Press.
M me Fréchette said in a tweet that Mr. Rayes had always been “clear” with it “the abortion debate will not be reopened.”
M me Ebacher reiterated on Facebook that she is “pro-choice” and “proud” to stand as a Conservative. “The important thing is to respect each other and not to divide,” she added.
But the contradiction remains between what Mr. Rayes said, both privately and publicly, and the position of his leader.
“Over the ten years of the Conservative government, including four in a majority government, there has been no legislative change on this,” said Rayes on his Twitter feed.
In the Harper years, there were some bills tabled by conservative backbenchers. Subject to a free vote by the Conservative leader, they were not adopted.
The other parties did not ignore the latest contradictions of the Conservatives.
Speak “on both sides of the mouth”
The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, accused the Conservatives of speaking “on both sides of the mouth about the free choice of women.”
“In English, they say that their MPs can try to limit the right to abortion. In French, they promise the opposite. Who says the truth? “, He wrote on Twitter.
New Democrat Alexandre Boulerice accuses the Conservatives of “playing on words” in order to better convey their position in Quebec, but also to “comfort” the “religious right” elsewhere in the country.
For the Bloc Québécois Monique Pauzé, it is obvious that Mr. Rayes is “uncomfortable” with the “social conservatism of his leader. “Against abortion, against gay marriage and for oil, but at some point they will have to tell the truth to their candidates,” she says.