The Conservative Party will stand up for LGBTQ Canadians – now that it's easy and convenient - 2020-01-30
In an inspiring display of convenience and belated integrity, Conservative politicians finally found their voices on LGBTQ issues this past week.
Those voices were silent during the weeks and months Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer choked over the words "same sex-marriage" on the campaign trail, when he struggled to articulate even the most banal expressions of tolerance. But now that the stakes have been lowered, and now that there is effectively no leader against whom to run afoul, all sorts of virtuous voices have emerged.
One after the other, prominent Tories took to Twitter to denounce remarks made by Richard Décarie, a prospective leadership candidate and former aide to Stephen Harper in Opposition, who suggested in an interview that being gay was a choice. Erin O'Toole, Peter MacKay and Marilyn Gladu – who are in the running to be the next Conservative leader – quickly chimed in with their censure, along with MPs Pierre Poilievre, Michelle Rempel Garner and others.