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  1. A foreign minister of a national government whos official policy, is against full gay equality, even thought the Canadian Supreme Court vetoed them? A foreign minister who just opened the new office of “Religious Freedom” to support Christianity around the world??

    Come on people………. this is such a spin job. Nobody believes anything this right wing government with a long, well documented anti-gay history, says.

    1. Darren Yehuda 31 Dec 2013, 8:31pm

      Fools should keep their mouths shut; it’s more becoming!
      Mr. Baird is gay firstly and so are many Christians secondly. And actually, this government is very credible. I have had several occasions to meet with Mr. Baird, How many have you had?

    2. Let me get this straight: you believe that the Conservative Government of Canada is officially “against full gay equality” and that that is part of their party platform?
      Apparently, you don’t know all that much, if anything, about Canadian politics.
      The office of religious freedoms is a debatable affair, but it is not a foreign depatrment emant to “support” anything outside of Canada.
      And this government, with all its flaws, certainly does not have a “long history” of being anti-gay.

    3. 1. Current Conservative PM Stephen Harper called for a vote, in December of 2006, to over turn the equal marriage laws passed in 2005. He lost his vote.
      2. PM Stephen Harper last official statement on equal marriage was for defining marriage as between a man and a women.
      3. John Baird has repeatedly been asked if he were gay and had repeatedly denied it (How many Jewish Nazis were there in the 1930s)
      4. In February of 2013, Crossroads Ministries, one of the Ministries the Harper government now financially supports with this religious office, was caught promoting a gay cure and asking for gays to be imprisoned.
      5. PM Harper cut all funding to the Toronto Pride Parade.
      6. Harpers Ministers Jason Kenney, Vic Toews, Myron Thompson all leaders in the anti-gay movement in Canada.
      7. Harpers Personal Advisor, Nigel Wright, just fired for financial misappropriation and lobbyist for the anti-gay movement……..A fraction of the overwhelming evidence available. Are you both Con Party spinmeisters?

      1. Darren Yehuda 2 Jan, 12:28pm

        I haven’t heard of any anti-gay movement in Canada. I live my life happy with my partner in this beautiful country of Canada. I feel sorry for you spending so much energy being negative. I don’t know where you get these ideas but don’t waste too much of your life on witch-hunts. Stay calm and be happy!
        There are many places in the world where it is difficult to be gay–Canada is not one of them.

        1. Darren,
          I’m Canadian and as Minister for Transport Canada Jason Kenney helped to make sure transgendered people could be harassed and intimidated for not dressing to the gender on their birth certificate. The attitudes of many Conservative MP’s and ministers is outright obvious that if there was no Charter of Rights and Freedoms we would NOT have gay marriage, nor would we have freedom of movement etc. Transport Canada rules were designed to push that agenda forward despite the protections within the Charter. I do agree with you that Canada is a great place to be gay, and as a person who lives in Nelson BC, it’s even easier for me than other places. There is a large segment of ignorant folks who’d like to push us backward a few decades, and maybe there are a number of Conservatives who’d take it even further.

          Make no mistake, Harper’s about face on gay rights is a pragmatic stance based on public opinion, not personal beliefs.

      2. 1. yes, he did so for the Alliance party members in his new Alliance/Conservative fusion party. he lost, and that’s the last we heard of any further efforts to do this.
        2. Who cares what his personal belief is? When exactly was this “last official statement”?
        3. Whether Baird comes out officially or not is no one’s business but his own. it is widely known and accepted that he is gay, and no one thinks any less (or more) of him because of it. If Harper and his Conservative cronies were so virulently anti-gay, they would not have a gay man in a ministerial position, now would they (my god, logic, man, logic)
        4. Crossroads got money for building latrines and irrigation systems in Africa, like MANY other organisations. The second it was learned that they were also virulently anti-gay and working as activists against LGBT rights, their funding was cut.
        5. Harper cut funds to a great deal MORE than just Toronto’s gay pride parade. They also massively cut arts funding.

      3. 1. yes, he did so for the Alliance party members in his new Alliance/Conservative fusion party. he lost, and that’s the last we heard of any further efforts to do this.
        2. Who cares what his personal belief is? When exactly was this “last official statement”?
        3. Whether Baird comes out officially or not is no one’s business but his own. it is widely known and accepted that he is gay, and no one thinks any less (or more) of him because of it. If Harper and his Conservative cronies were so virulently anti-gay, they would not have a gay man in a ministerial position, now would they (my god, logic, man, logic)
        4. Crossroads got money for building latrines and irrigation systems in Africa, like MANY other organisations. The second it was learned that they were also virulently anti-gay and working as activists against LGBT rights, their funding was cut.
        5. Harper cut funds to a great deal MORE than just Toronto’s gay pride parade. They also massively cut arts funding. cont.

        1. 5. (continued) There is no reason for Toronto to get money for its pride parade when other cities’ pride parades do not.
          6. there is no “anti gay movement” in Canada (my god man, have you even ever visited the country?)
          7. You apparently have NO idea what was going on with this Nigel Wright story. He was not fired for anti-LGBT lobbying, nor did he “misappropriate” funds. I have NO idea where the hell you got that bit of mis-information.
          Wright resigned (he wasn’t fired) because of a backroom deal to pay off the illegal expenses of a conservative senator.

          Jase, you apparently know very little about Canada. At moments like these, it is best to not say a word and have people think you a fool, rather than speak and have people KNOW you to be a fool.

          P.S. sorry for the double post. PN’s posting system gets buggy sometimes.

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