A look at Sam Oosterhoff, Ontario's newest and youngest MPP - 2016-12-03
Much has been made of his anti-abortion stance and opposition to same-sex marriage and the Liberals' sex education update, which contradict PC leader Patrick Brown's views on those issues. During his first scrum with reporters at Queen's Park this week, Oosterhoff was grilled on his opposition to a bill that gave legal recognition to same-sex parents, as well as an article he posted on Facebook that denounced homosexuality as a "sin." (He said that he's "absolutely not" a homophobe.)
Meanwhile, Brown was criticized by some social conservatives, such as antisex ed campaigner and party member Queenie Yu, for "muzzling" Oosterhoff during the campaign because he wants to attract centrist voters. There were also complaints from the media that the teenage politician was not available for interviews and dodged questions at events.
"He's constantly surrounded in fog," said Grant Lafleche, a columnist with the Niagara Falls Review who has written about politics in the region for almost 20 years. "The only time we've ever been able to speak with him is if we catch him at an event . . . . He's never given us a clear answer on where he stands on these social issues."