Spencer, Mayfield, Hill, Thompson, White, Kenney, the list of outspoken anti-gay MP's
In a Vancouver Sun interview, Spencer said "legalizing homosexuality was a mistake," and he said a "well-orchestrated conspiracy had worked to advance gay rights in Canada." Spencer added, "homosexuals had deliberately infiltrated North America's courts, schools, religious communities and the entertainment industry." - Vancouver Sun November 2003
Harper acted quickly and Spencer was tossed from caucus. Spencer's crime was to expose the prevalent western conservative point of view. This view is held by many Conservative MP's but not among those that voted in their ridings in BC. Many of the rural ridings held by Conservatives would have close to a majority opposed to same-sex marriage, yet Conservatives represent areas like Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, New Westminister, North and West Vancouver, the Gulf Islands all areas which would generally be more agreeable to supporting same-sex marriage than opposed to it.
Polls in BC have shown consistently that 60% of the people here support same-sex marriage. Yet with a gazillion conservative MP's surely some of them will be voting the way their constituents want them too and that would mean they would support same sex marriage. Thats not happening in BC. All but one Conservative MP is voting against the measure. Every last one of them will be lying through their teeth when they say their constituents are very much opposed to Bill 38.
I am sure they will have a comparison of emails, letters and returned surveys to back them up. All of these are unscientific measures of support. The Harper Conservatives are playing the same silly numbers game they have been for years under the Reform and Alliance banners. This likely why they will not get to Parliament in numbers to give Harper the keys to 24 Sussex Drive.
Adding to the Conservatives problems is Grant Hill from Okotoks, Alberta. Hill has the MP's pension he said he would never collect, how soon their memories go. This frees him up to say what he really thinks about gays. Here is what he told MacLeans Magazine;
"... that the homosexual lifestyle includes "distinct health negatives"; that those with an "unwanted sexual preference" can choose to change it; and that children do best when raised by straight couples. "My position is based on science, on social science, my experience as a doctor and all the data and literature that I review in a scientific way." (is there another way?)
He says more ...
"You know, there are very distinct health negatives to the gay lifestyle," he said, repeating views he made known in a Commons speech in 1996 that made him a prime target for social progressives and gay activists.
Asked to elaborate Wednesday, he said: "AIDS. AIDS in North America is 85 per cent a disease of those (men) who have sex with men."
Will Grant Hill now be sent packing by the Conservatives? Will Harper accept Hill speaking out like this? If he does what's the difference between Hill and Spencer? If Harper were to fire all the Conservative MP's that have said "Gays are bad" would he have more than 20 seats left in Parliament?