August 29, 1988 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I am not quite sure whether the Hon. Member has a valid question and whether he speaks on behalf of his Party. I find it passing strange that the Hon. Member would be critical of anyone with respect to positions on abortion when his own Leader said that his own position is irrelevant. He refused, on a number of occasions, to indicate what his point of view was on that issue.
This is not a partisan issue. The fact is that the Borowski case is being heard on October 3. The Prime Minister has stated the obvious. There is the Morgantaler case and the imperatives with respect to it.
As far as the Charter of Rights considerations are concerned, the Prime Minister is simply saying that if there is an election this fall he does not think there would be an opportunity to have Parliament deal with it before the election. That is all he said.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSITION OF PRIME MINISTER-INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
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