Last Tuesday, Conservative backbench MPs Mark Warawa and Leon Benoit rose in the House of Commons to ask Speaker Andrew Scheer to rule that because the party leadership prevented them from speaking about controversial topics, that their privileges as MPs had been violated.
The friction grew as other backbench MPs agreed with Warawa's push to reopen the abortion debate where his stance was to condemn it. Harper has repeatedly and publicly said the abortion debate wouldn't be reopened.
"The Canadian Parliament is based on rules, responsibilities and privileges," Warawa said.
"Each of us has that responsibility to represent our communities, the people who elected us. We need to have those rights to be ensured that we have the opportunity to properly represent our communities."
"We had a really good caucus meeting and the prime minister has shown his usual really good leadership, and I appreciate that. He's a great leader," Benoit said.