Calling social conservatives dinosaurs was ‘bad terminology,’ says Patrick Brown – Smithers Interior News

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Federal Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown says calling social conservatives ‘dinosaurs’ in a book he wrote about his time in Ontario politics is ‘the wrong terminology’

“I guess 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 Friday.

The mayor of Brampton, Ont., has attacked longtime MP Pierre Poilievre — once a colleague in the House of Commons when Brown was an MP — for his stance on abortion.

Brown said he believed one of the reasons the party lost the 2019 election was a lack of clarity about its position on procedure.

Throughout the race and even afterwards, former leader Andrew Scheer was beset by questions about his conservative social values, before stepping down in the face of mounting pressure to do so.

Asked about his own views, Poilievre said he believed in free choice and that a government led by him would not introduce or pass legislation restricting abortion access – despite the wishes of MPs and party members who belong to his well-organized party. social conservative wing.

Poilievre pointed out on social media that Brown, in his book about his downfall from the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario over allegations of sexual misconduct which he continues to deny, called social conservatives “dinosaurs “.

He added that they were becoming useless and that their positions were “dishonestly 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 brand of conservatism is that I want to see less government. I want to see less government in your small business and less taxes, less red tape…but I also want to see less government in your personal life.

A leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting it could overturn Roe v. Wade’s ruling upholding abortion rights nationwide breathed new life into the issue in Canada and the Conservative leadership race.

One of the issues Conservative leaders have faced is how to deal with private members’ bills that seek to restrict access to abortion. Led by former leader Erin O’Toole, 81 of the party’s 119 MPs – more than half – voted in favor of legislation introduced by Saskatchewan MP Cathay Wagantall to ban so-called sex-selective abortion, according to gender, which she said targeted baby girls.

The bill was easily defeated by the Liberal government, as well as NDP and Bloc MPs who called it a Trojan horse to erode reproductive rights.

Brown said Friday that while MPs are allowed to introduce private members’ bills on abortion, he would not let those in his cabinet vote for them.

“He would not be supported by (my) government. And so any cabinet that I select, any government that I run would not revisit the abortion debate.

– Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press

Conservative Party of Canada

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