Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stephen Harper & Opposing Gay Rights

In an opinion column of March 21 1995 Stephen Harper defined his Reform Party as being based on three issues, to be more specific, he defined it as being based on three "g-issues"- guns, gays, and government grants.

The purpose of the article was to attempt to provide an explanation for the Reform Party's difficulties in expanding as well as to provide solutions to overcome those problems.

What is of interest is in the beginning of Stephen Harper's article, where he defines his party's core constituencies as the "g-issues"- guns, gays, and government grants; of particular note is the second issue, that of gays.

It is often cited it was only the more radical wing of the Reform Party that staunchly opposed recognition of gay rights, yet here Stephen Harper, the eminent policy adviser of the Reform Party and at this time seen as the heir apparent to Preston Manning, who wrote in fact opposing gay rights was one of his Party's key tenets.

This article penned by Harper himself would strongly suggest Stephen Harper not only shared the ideology of opposing gay rights but he believed strongly in it.

Together with more recent evidence, such as Harper openly speaking against same-sex marriage as recently as of April 2005 (video here) and his vote opposing it, it is clear Stephen Harper still passionately believes in his Reform Party's core "g-issues" and still opposes gay rights.


Skinny Dipper said...

Although I don't like reading the Toronto Sun, Warren Kinsella has a commentary about what Harper would do with a majority government: no abortion, no same-sex marriage, no gun control, yes to the death penalty.

If it does look like Harper may get his majority in the last week or two of the campaign, the opposition needs to inform Canadians strongly what Harper would do with his majority.

ridenrain said...

This just begs the question; where was Count Iggy in 95?
I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t Canada.

Leeky Sweek said...

" abortion, no same-sex marriage, no gun control, yes to the death penalty."

I can't believe you're still dredging up that "scary Harper secret agenda" theme. No one is buying.

Christine said...

ridenrain asks where Michael Ignatieff was in 1995, as if the response that he wasn't in Canada somehow excuses the fact that Harper was spreading a pro-abortion, anti-gay, anti-gun control message right here at home. Given the choice between a hater like Harper (who never ever owned a passport before he became prime minister, the first PM in Canadian history to be able to claim this dubious distinction) and a well-educated well-traveled person with a distinguished academic career, I know who I'd rather have representing my country!