Where the Conservative leadership candidates stand on gay pride - 2017-03-31
The last time the Conservative Party of Canada had a leadership election, in 2004, gay marriage had yet to be settled and the idea of Adam-and-Steve joining in matrimony was still a fairly toxic proposition. Stephen Harper, elected to helm the recently-unified party, later promised to hold a free vote in the House of Commons to redefine marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. It, obviously, failed.
Fast forward to present day, as a race to succeed Harper switches into fifth gear.
Ardent social conservative Brad Trost has come out attacking "gay pride," which he only refers to in scare quotes, promising supporters in a fundraising email: "I have not marched in any 'gay pride' parade. Further, I will NOT march in any 'gay pride' parade as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, nor will I march in or FUND any 'gay pride' event of any kind as prime minister."