May 26, 2014 10:21 pm

Liberal MP John McKay secretly taped criticizing Trudeau over abortion: report

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 7, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

TORONTO – Toronto Liberal MP John McKay was heard on a tape recording criticizing party leader Justin Trudeau over his edict that prospective MPs must follow the party’s pro-choice position on abortion.

McKay says on a recording obtained by CTV News that he thought Trudeau had a “bozo eruption” and didn’t think about what he said when he declared that anti-abortion candidates won’t be allowed to run for the Liberals.

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He added that it “scares the hell” out of him that Trudeau’s brain trust could have thought this through without realizing how much of a “toxic issue” this is.

McKay called the recording, which CTV says was made by someone with Conservative leanings, “gotcha” politics.

He told the network in a statement he made “ill advised comments” in what he thought was a private conversation and didn’t know he was being “secretly recorded.”

The Liberal party responded by saying Trudeau respects McKay but that sometimes people with strong personal feelings about an issue “say things that they come to regret.”

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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