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But thats the thing. When people are using that free vote to vote for state intervention in the bedroom, or in gender, or in abortion, that is the opposite of social progressivism.
I think we have very different ideas on what constitutes the state staying out of the bedroom. In my view the government should simply be silent/not pass any laws relating to the bedroom.
The CPC has never proposed any laws, for example, outlawing certain sexual orientations for example. It's the LPC on the other hand who is putting forth government bills (totally different from Private Members' bills that are DOA) that would purport to criminalize publicly holding opinions that they disagree with (i.e. C-10).
The LPC said it didn't want anti abortion members or supporters. CPC accepts everyone. Most Canadians are hesitant to support measures on abortion, and are content with the current laws (or lack thereof) around it. LPC gets to point at the CPC and say they are the party of anti abortion, and the CPC can deny it up and down, but their voting record on a whole says otherwise.
I wasn't aware than abortion was outlawed the last time the CPC was in power 2008-2015?
The CPC are associated with the social conservatives, they have MPs that are open social conservatives, their voting record shows that they have a active social conservative wing, and social conservatives have a lot of sway in leadership contests.
At that point it rings hollow to say that their platform isn't socially conservative.
Just because they have some SoCon conservatives is totally different from having a socially conservative platform. The CPC itself when it was in government did nothing socially conservative. That is their track record.
That said, it would probably be better if SoCons had their own party. But it would probably be worse for those who hate SoCons because they would likely have more influence, especially if they were ever needed to prop up a coalition government. Right now they are paid lip service by the CPC I will grant you that, but in reality have no power and are neutralized.