Thought our American posters would find it interesting to see how Canadian federal Conservatives are reacting to the leaked Alito opinion. You see, the Tories are going through a leadership convention, having
eaten their young canned their last two party leaders after each one failed to win a general election. As near as I can tell from the interwebs, here’s how they’re lining up:
Scott Aitchison: “Let me be clear: I will ensure that women have access to the resources they need to make their own informed reproductive healthcare decisions, without judgment.”
Leslyn Lewis: CTVNews.ca received a statement from Lewis’ campaign noting she won’t comment on the documents as they don’t represent a final decision but reiterated the candidate’s pro-life agenda, outlined in her “No Hidden Agenda” platform.
Jean Charest: tweeted out that he is “pro-choice.” “A [government] under my leadership will not support legislation restricting reproductive rights. While I respect the democratic rights of MPs to bring forward private members bills on matters of conscience, I will not vote to support them,” he continued.
Patrick Brown: “Abortion in Canada should be safe, legal, and, in my personal opinion, rare. That’s why my government will support women and families with policies that encourage other options, such as adoption and increased parental supports,” he said. "This is why it’s important for us to be clear where we stand. A Conservative Party led by me will not change Canada’s abortion laws. Period.”
Roman Babar: said he doesn’t believe government has a role in how people “start or grow” their families but that he will respect the right of every Canadian to “seek nomination, introduce legislation, and vote freely” on matters of conscience. “The Conservative Party must welcome diversity of opinion,” he tweeted.
Pierre Poilievre: did not respond to inquiry from CTV.
In related news, the interim leader of the Conservatives, Candice Bergen, told the Conservative Members of Parliament not to comment on the issue in the House. It looks like most of them complied with that direction, but they did stand up to deny unanimous consent to a Bloc Québécois motion to confirm the right to an abortion, meaning that the matter did not come to a vote.