Conservative Leader Scheer won't march in Pride parades this year - 2019-06-06
With the summer Pride season getting underway this month, Scheer's office has confirmed that he has "no events planned at this time."
In defence of the decision not to partake in the parades, spokesperson Daniel Schow pointed to the Conservative party's "proud history of fighting for the rights and protection of all Canadians, including those in the LGBTQ community, at home and abroad."
The Conservative party has advocated for LGBTQ rights in other countries, including advocating for increasing the number or LGBTQ refugees Canada takes in, and condemning human rights violations against LGBTQ people in countries such as Russia and Brunei.
Scheer's personal political record on supporting LGBTQ rights in Canada includes both voting against legalizing same-sex marriage in 2005, and supporting scrapping the Conservative party's definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman in 2016.