Conservatives say Vancouver-area candidate supports LGBTQ rights after anti-Pride Parade tweet resurfaced - 2019-09-15
VANCOUVER—A Vancouver area Conservative candidate appears to have deleted his Twitter account after a left-wing media organization resurfaced a comment he made against the Pride Parade on the platform in 2011.
Shinder Purewal, the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Fleetwood-Port Kells in Surrey, tweeted his disapproval of Vancouver's Pride Parade in 2011, calling it "vulgar" and saying it should be banned, according to media reports from the time. Earlier that year he had run as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate in the federal election, bringing in about 18 per cent of the vote in the old riding of Surrey North.
That year the Kwantlen Polytechnic University instructor defended the comment in media interviews with CBC and the National Post, saying it was the public sexuality associated with the parade that he disapproved of — not equal rights for the LGBTQ community.