Two MPs are challenging party messaging on abortion, drug use - and putting their leaders on the spot - 2020-03-05

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F182.png Two MPs are challenging party messaging on abortion, drug use - and putting their leaders on the spot March 5, 2020, Catherine Cullen, CBC News

In their political beliefs, Toronto Liberal Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and rural Saskatchewan Conservative Cathay Wagantall appear to be worlds apart.

They've got this much in common, though: they're using private members bills to challenge where their parties stand on some very awkward policy topics — and pushing their respective leaders into some public discussions they'd probably rather avoid.

Private members bills — legislation proposed by individual MPs — have long been used by backbenchers to push personal causes or make policy arguments without official seals of approval from party leaders or cabinet.

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{{cite news | first = Catherine | last = Cullen | title = Two MPs are challenging party messaging on abortion, drug use - and putting their leaders on the spot | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/abortion-drugs-private-members-bill-1.5486892 | work = CBC News | date = March 5, 2020 | accessdate = March 6, 2020 }}