Jan 21, 2006 (all emphasis added):
... Harper and his team ran a tighter, better scripted campaign. In particular, his incumbent MPs and candidates stayed "on message" as the phrase goes. There was little talk of same-sex marriage beyond stating that a free vote may be held as a result of a private member's bill. There have been no loose cannons talking about tougher abortion laws or clawing back charter rights.
May 11, 2006:
Anti-abortion activists are calling on the Stephen Harper government to restrict abortion...
Several thousand demonstrators converged on Parliament Hill today for the annual March for Life, calling for a new law limiting access to abortion.
At least a dozen Conservative and Liberal backbench members of Parliament, along with several senators, spoke to the crowd, urging them to keep up their fight.
And we all know Stephen runs a tight ship and will brook no dissent, right? Right?
But a source in the prime minister's office says such a controversial move is not in the cards.
"We have no intention of raising the abortion issue," said the source, who did not want to be identified.
Ah, good. Always nice to know that you can get your official CPC policy from an anonymous source in the PM's office. I feel so reassured.
AFTERSNARK: What's curious is why any of the mainstream media consider an anti-abortion rally to be "news" anymore since nothing "new" is ever presented. One can pretty much write a generic rally news piece in one's sleep:
There was an anti-abortion rally at (insert location here) yesterday. An estimated (insert number here) people attended. Many waved Bibles, invoked the name of "God" and proclaimed the sanctity of life for the unborn.
Did I miss anything?