Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown says calling social conservatives “dinosaurs” in a book he wrote about his time in Ontario politics is “the wrong terminology”.
“I think a better way to articulate that would be to say, ‘I don’t think the Conservative Party needs to revisit these issues,'” Brown said in an interview on Friday.
The mayor of Brampton, Ontario has attacked longtime MP Pierre Poilievre – once a colleague in the House of Commons when Brown was MP – for his position on abortion.
Brown said he believes one of the reasons the party lost the 2019 election was a lack of clarity about its position on the procedure.
Throughout the race and even after, former frontrunner Andrew Scheer was dogged by questions about his social conservative values before resigning amid mounting pressure.
When asked about his own views, Poilievre said he believed in free choice and that a government he led would not introduce or pass legislation restricting access to abortion – despite the wishes of MPs and party members supporting it belong. organized social conservative wing.
Poilievre has pointed out on social media that Brown called social conservatives “dinosaurs” in his book about his fall from the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party over allegations of sexual misconduct, which he continues to deny.
He added that they were becoming irrelevant and their positions were “disingenuously hypocritical”.
“Maybe that’s the wrong terminology,” Brown said Friday when asked about his use of the term “dinosaur” in his book Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination Of Patrick Brown.
“My kind of conservatism is that I want to see less government. I want to see less government in your small business and less taxes, less bureaucracy – but I also want to see less government in your personal life.”
A leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court suggesting Roe v. Wade, a ruling to uphold abortion rights nationwide, has breathed new life into the issue in Canada and Conservative leadership.
One problem Tory leaders have had to deal with is how to deal with MPs’ bills aimed at restricting access to abortion. Under former Chairwoman Erin O’Toole, 81 of the party’s 119 lawmakers — more than half — voted in favor of a bill brought forward by Saskatchewan Rep. Cathay Wagantall to ban so-called sex-selective abortions, which she said do aimed at little girls.
The bill was easily defeated by the Liberal government, along with MPs from the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois, who portrayed it as a Trojan horse designed to erode reproductive rights.
Brown said on Friday that while MPs are allowed to introduce private members’ bills on abortion, he would not allow members of his cabinet to vote in their favour.
“It would not be supported by (my) government. And so no cabinet I elect, no government I lead, would revisit the abortion debate.”
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 28, 2022.