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Andrew Scheer is a Clear Danger to Canada’s LGBTQ+ Community

It speaks volumes that while Scheer refuses to attend pro-LGBTQ+ events, he was more than happy to publicly cavort with white nationalists.

Daryl Bruce
Aug 10, 2019 · 5 min read

“People have their personal views on things … um, there are a lot of things that divide us as conservatives. There are a lot of things that unite us. This is one of those issues that … that um, it’s, um … it happened in 2005. You know, I was a member of parliament at the time and I voted my conscience. I voted my constituents’ wishes. It’s not something…you know, you say live with it. It’s not something that I…I’m…um…looking to revisit or to re-open or things like that. I think I…the party has other things we want to talk about and connect with Canadians and deliver for their futures”

While every Canadian citizen has the right to their personal views, a person who wishes to become Prime Minister should expect that voters are going to be interested in their personal stances, particularly on major social issues.

While Scheer has attempted to downplay fears that he will re-open debates surrounding such issues as gay marriage or abortion, his voting record speaks louder than words. During his entire political career, he has not voted in favour of a single piece of pro-LGBTQ+ legislation. Rather, he has consistently voted down any enhancement of legal and protective rights for the community.

His refusal to participate in any Pride events across the country, clearly shows his personal views on the LGBTQ+ community. His office has provided various reasons for his absence such as Toronto Pride’s police ban — a tactic also employed by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“Canada’s Conservatives have a proud history of fighting for the rights and protection of all Canadians, including those in the LGBTQ community, at home and abroad. There are many ways to support these communities, and it is vital that the rights all Canadians are protected regardless of race, gender or sexual preference. While Mr. Scheer does not plan to march in the Toronto Pride Parade, he will continue to stand up against hatred and discrimination in all its forms.”

While the sentiments may sound touching, most LGBTQ+ Canadians would likely struggle to think of an example where the Conservative Party proudly fought for them rather than against them.

It speaks volumes that while Scheer refuses to attend pro-LGBTQ+ events, he was more than happy to publicly cavort with and give interviews to white nationalist Faith Goldy.

It is increasingly obvious that the conservatives see a path to victory using the same populist far-right sentiments that have proved successful in the UK, United States, Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec.

In an interview with the Toronto Star, political scientist Stewart Prest states that the politics of division that we have seen in the United States is being adopted by conservative strategists in Canada:

“We have this emerging movement in right-of-center politics, and it’s traceable to people like Jordan Peterson who focus on free speech as a sort of absolute…right to speak one’s mind and welcome speakers no matter the topic. That’s sort of a covering language, but the reality is that it mostly focuses on language or speakers that tend to denigrate or put down marginalized communities, especially parts of the LGBT community.”

Prest also raises Scheer’s LGBTQ+ record. He highlights that while Scheer has spoken out against the horrific anti-LGBTQ+ governments of Russia and Brunei, and officially supported the Liberal Government’s decision to apologize to LGBTQ+ Canadians who had been historically persecuted, Scheer has not gone any further. He contends that all of Scheer’s actions towards the LGBTQ+ community have been directed at other place or other times, but he fails to push for further action.

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Daryl Bruce

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A freelance writer specializing in such topics as writing, productivity, self, politics, and LGBTQ+ issues. Visit him at: https://www.facebook.com/daryldbink/

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Daryl Bruce

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A freelance writer specializing in such topics as writing, productivity, self, politics, and LGBTQ+ issues. Visit him at: https://www.facebook.com/daryldbink/

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Th-Ink Queerly is now closed. The publication was created to question and challenge the status quo through queer eyes and advocate for LGBTQ social issues.

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