Andrew Scheer Agreed With Controversial Anti-Gay Comments, Ex-MP Claims - 2019-09-24
OTTAWA — After former Saskatchewan MP Larry Spencer was turfed from the Canadian Alliance in 2003 for making inflammatory comments about homosexuality, a young Andrew Scheer stayed on to work in his office.
Spencer had told a Vancouver Sun reporter he believed homosexuality was a conspiracy and that he would support a bill to criminalize it. Stephen Harper, who led the Canadian Alliance at the time, was on the cusp of uniting with the Progressive Conservatives.
Harper fired Spencer from his critic role the same day the article was published, calling the comments "unacceptable" and out of line with the values of the party. Spencer issued an apology and withdrew from caucus. Scheer, a new graduate at the time, didn't quit the Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre MP's constituency office.