Gee, you know, if Jim Flaherty keeps telling Conservatives to f*** off and keeps making enemies of nutters like the folks at LifeSiteNews, than I may actually start to like him (h/t).
Ok, that's unlikely, but I may start to dislike him slightly less. Because it seems Flaherty is under attack from the nutty right for "supporting the homosexual agenda", whatever that means and whatever that agenda may be.
Maclean's magazine reported on June 18 that Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, previously supported by pro-family advocates, has indicated support for the homosexual movement in a congratulatory letter to Conservative strategist Jaime Watt. Watt, who has been Flaherty's campaign chairman, is currently on the election team of Flaherty's wife Christine Elliot and was one of the whiz kids in Ontario Premier Mike Harris's inner circle, was awarded Egale's inaugural Leadership award for homosexual rights at Egale's gala last week.It seems that Flaherty is at the tip of a secret thrust to gay-up the formerly saintly Conservative Party:
LifeSiteNews.com reported in 2002 that Flaherty was supported by Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) in his campaign for the leadership of the Ontario PC Party. CLC National President Jim Hughes sent a recorded message to 50,000 Ontario homes urging them to join the PC Party so as to vote, and indicating that Flaherty was the only candidate who was pro-life without hesitations.
When, in the wake of CLC's announcement, he was questioned by media about his views, Flaherty defended them, stating, "You're asking me what do I believe in? I'm pro-life. I always have been. I don't anticipate ever changing that view."
This, and other developments in the Conservative Party in recent years, seem to indicate that Watt and his many influential associates within the party are succeeding in making the federal Conservatives as gay friendly as they did with the Mike Harris Progressive Conservative regime. Under the Ontario Harris and later Ernie Eves PCs, the homosexual movement made dramatic, major advances with the PCs betraying their large social conservative base.The piece goes on to chastise Flaherty for having an openly-gay chief of staff, and attack the finance minister for saying he's anti-abortion and, yet, friendly to gay people and what not. I'm not entirely clear why someone can't be gay friendly and anti-abortion though, they don't seem like mutually exclusive positions.
According to Maclean's, Flaherty stated, in reference to the Harris government's decision to give same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples, a decision which Watt was influential in bringing about: "Some were surprised our government took this decision ... but conservatives fundamentally believe in equality and fairness. It does, however, sometimes take leaders such as Jaime to help us live up to our ideals."
Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum the folks at Rabble and some members of the gay community are upset with Egale and Watt (and Flaherty) because, I guess, you can't be gay and conservative at the same time:
But queer activists say Watt's work for Mike Harris's Conservative government in Ontario and for the Canadian Alliance — the successor to the Reform Party, which eventually merged with the Conservative Party — should make such an award unthinkable.That's a lot of demands for ideological purity flying from all sides. If only we were all perfect, no? Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers
"I'm sorry, that's just wrong," says Peter Bochove, a Toronto bathhouse owner who has campaigned for changes to Canadian sex laws. "I find it personally offensive. I don't understand how you can be gay and belong to these parties. Leave aside the gay community, let's talk about Walkerton, let's talk about Ipperwash, let's talk about the amalgamation of Toronto, let's talk about the 'common-sense revolution'. It's the antithesis of everything in the gay community."