I am a declared social moderate, in fact, I am a self described social libertarian. It is not surprising, therefore, that I am cheered by the Conservative Party of Canada’s first step in separating itself from the religious right’s obsession with the private lives of Canadians.
But, as the linked article and others point out, some (actually quite a few) Conservatives will remain adamant in their desire to impose their religiously based social standards on all of us. I am very encouraged to read that Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong, Jason Kenney, Kellie Leitch and, of course Michelle Rempel (who has been a strong, vibrant leader in this fight) are all supportive of the position that, at the very least, the party should take no position on the issue.
I understand the personal frustration and, indeed, the political worry that Brad Trost expresses. I expect that a few hundred conservatives will abandon the Conservative Party and vote for e.g. the Christian Heritage Party, but I also expect that many thousands of Canadians who shunned us on this issue will now be willing to give us a serious look in 2019 … IF this policy does, indeed, make it all the way through.
I know that the Institute of Canadian Values (ICV) has a lot of support in many parts of Canada, and I respect everyone’s right to hold and propagate opinions on all issues. But if Dr Charles McVety and the ICV think that e.g. Patrick Brown and others are so wrong then he should stop pretending to support the Conservative Party and run candidates against us. My guess is that Mr Brown will be the next (pragmatic) premier of Ontario and I also guess that the CPC will pick a moderate, equally pragmatic leader to lead us into 2019. The Conservative Party of Canada needs to be seen as a good, solid responsible ‘choice’ by more than just ⅓ of Canadians which is the fate that the social conservatives/religious right wants to reserve for us. Mr Brown, Ms Rempel and others are on the right side of history, Dr McVety is a regressive.
Anyway, it’s one small, first step …
… oh, and for the record, I am a 70+ year old, very straight, man with no special connections to the ‘gay’ or other ‘communities.’ I just happen to believe that privacy is a fundamental right.