Ford's closeness with controversial evangelical pastor is problematic - 2018-12-04
'Charles McVety is no ordinary or mainstream Christian. He has been at the centre of many of the most unpleasant campaigns in Canada against LGBTQ equality and modern sex education, and is considered on the right-wing fringe, even within the evangelical church.'
Sometimes mailing lists can be worryingly out-of-date and inaccurate. This weekend, I received an emailed letter from Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, addressed to "Pastor Michael." (No, I haven't suddenly been elevated to clerical status.) "I want to extend a personal invitation to you and your pastoral staff to come to the platform and pray for Premier Doug Ford at the Christmas Celebration on Sunday Night," it announced. "It is my hope that we can surround the Premier with Pastors on the platform and pray for him. … After the prayer sessions and musical concert, the Premier wants to meet pastors at a reception." The letter continued with references to biblical calls to pray "for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."
I've a feeling I wasn't supposed to be on the list, but I'd be more than happy to pray that Doug Ford change his ways, stop making life more difficult for the poor and marginalized, and inject some civility, decorum, and moderation into Ontario politics. But my views aside, this email and the event itself — which has now led to questions from the opposition at Queen's Park — provoke some very worrying questions about the nature of the relationship between Doug Ford and one of the most high-profile and radical social conservatives in Canada.