Abortion “not a right”: Rayes critical of his colleague who shouted out in the Room

L'avortement «pas un droit»: Rayes critique son collègue qui a hurlé en Chambre

OTTAWA — the cry of The conservative for whom abortion is not a right” has continued to make waves in Ottawa. While conservatives rabrouaient Ted Falk, seeking to minimise the significance of voice antiavortement within the caucus, the liberals had a eld day with the case.

On Wednesday, the lieutenant-policy of the conservative Party in Quebec, Alain Rayes, had refused to comment on the shout of his colleague, saying he did not have heard it. Thursday morning, in an interview with The canadian Press, he referred to it as “unfortunate”.

“What was said by the mp, to me, is unacceptable to the interior of the House of commons,” he decided. It has, however, required to specify that everyone is entitled to their opinion and has the freedom to express it.

But on the bottom, it is in complete disagreement with Ted Falk. “It is a right, yes, quite! Me, I’m in favor of 100 %, to the free choice of women,” insisted the member for Richmond-Arthabaska.

Québec’s elected officials such as Gérard Deltell and Sylvie Boucher have also lamented about Ted Falk. Some of their colleagues of the movement antiavortement of the caucus fled the microphones, or dodged the question.

“The Charter protects our right to discuss these issues, and this is what Mr. Falk has done,” offered the mp Ed Fast, who has a record perfect on the website of the Campaign Life Coalition, which lists the votes of elected officials on the issues surrounding abortion.

The member of manitoba Ted Falk has caused a commotion in the question period, Wednesday, shouting “this is not a right” then that Justin Trudeau had just finished a response saying that his government would defend the right of women to abortion.

The liberals are fighting back

And Thursday, the liberals were ready to claironner of different ways.

First, we had the right to a statement of a liberal mp on this subject before the question period. Then, when the session is set in motion, the minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna, responded to the questions of the opening of the opposition in referring to the incident.

“Is it that the leader of the opposition would denounce the comments of his [mp], and support the right [to abortion]?” she replied to two questions in a row that focused on bill C-46, which relates to impaired driving.

At about the same time, the liberal Party of Canada sent to the subscribers to its distribution list an e-mail of funding by using the cry of Ted Falk as the “latest example” that shows “that the conservatives do not support the rights of women”.

The leader of the government in the Room, Bardish Chagger, defended to exploit the issue to score political points.

“You hear a comment like this in the Room, heard a member say that this is not a right is very disappointing, and it is important to request accounts to the members,” she justified in a media scrum.

For Alain Rayes, it is clear that the liberals are trying to “politicize” the move “unfortunate” on Wednesday. But “to think that there are just in the conservative Party that there are people who are against abortion, it’s hypocritical,” he blurted.

He insists on the fact that the conservative caucus, “don’t” of this issue — and according to his estimation, there was “one, two, three deputies to the inside of our caucus” who are opposed to abortion.

They are, however, more numerous than that within the caucus conservative. They were, moreover, nine deputies and two senators, conservatives to participate in the annual gathering of activists antiavortement on Parliament hill, Thursday.

The leader of the conservatives Andrew Scheer is himself is opposed to abortion. Last year, during his leadership campaign, he was a delegate at this event of members who supported it in order that they present it as “one of the three candidates pro-life”.


The conservative Party has refused to say whether Ted Falk had been reprimanded or if he was facing a disciplinary sanction of any kind, on Thursday. The office of the whip of the official opposition, Mark Strahl, has transferred the case to the office of the chief, Andrew Scheer.

The leader of the opposition has not said what he would do with his deputy. “As has always been the case, a conservative government will comply with the previous court decisions on this matter,” he said.

“I have said repeatedly that we will not present any law on this controversial issue, and we will focus instead on the promotion of policies that unite all Canadians,” added Mr. Scheer in an e-mail sent by his office.

Among liberals, the minister Mélanie Joly didn’t want to tell if the head should be slapped on the hands of the elected. “I have no desire to put myself in the shoes of Andrew Scheer currently, because it is really not a position that is enjoyable,” she blurted.

According to the new democrat member of parliament Nathan Cullen, the elected conservative at the heart of this case should be act of contrition.

“People can say a lot of stupid things in the Room, I’ve seen it more than once. I think that the right thing to do would be to apologize. Shouting things like this set back the rights of women, and we don’t need it in 2018,”-he stressed.


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