Conservatives wouldn't reopen debates on same-sex marriage or abortion, Scheer says - 2019-08-29
On abortion, Scheer similarly dismissed Liberal fear-mongering, saying his government, should he be elected, would not touch the issue. Moreover, said Scheer, while it remains Conservative policy to allow a free vote on matters of conscience, he would oppose any backbench effort to reopen the abortion debate.
Asked whether he would punish any MP who tries to introduce an abortion bill, Scheer noted that the Conservatives are "the only party that allows people to hold a deeply held personal view on these types of issues. That being said, we also recognize … we will oppose measures to reopen this. So I am confident my party, my caucus, understands that. And as I said, as prime minister of Canada I will always oppose measures that reopen these types of debates."
So this is where he stands. But on questions of how he got from there to here — how he reconciles his own personal views as a devout Roman Catholic with the issue of abortion, and whether he now regrets employing a dog-and-tail metaphor during a 2005 speech opposing same-sex marriage — Scheer was less forthcoming. Each attempt to elicit his personal viewpoint was answered with a pivot back to the headline message: a hard promise to not reopen social issues.