Earlier this week, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the first Prime Minister to raise the LGBT Pride flag on Parliament Hill in honor of Canada’s first-ever Pride Month, and Toronto’s upcoming annual Pride Parade. According to a report from CBC, PM Trudeau remarked that the raising of the Pride flag was recognizing “a lot of people [who] fought a long time for this day to happen.”
“This is a great day for Canada and it’s part of a long series of milestones this country has hit over the years. It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been automatic, a lot of people fought for a long time for this day to happen.
“Canada is united in its defense of rights and it’s standing up for LGBTQ rights. And quite frankly … we still have more work to do.”
PM Trudeau went on to remind the crowd of the federal transgender rights bill that the Liberal government is currently attempting to enact. As the New York Times reports, the new bill would ban discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people across Canada, as well as including crimes against them under the umbrella of Canada’s hate crime laws.
“Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution and discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love. Today is about ensuring that all people – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – feel safe and secure and empowered to freely express themselves.”
A federal transgender rights bill was previously proposed as Bill C-279, but was shot down by Canada’s Conservative-dominated Senate.
Meanwhile, anti-LGBT conservative hate groups in Ontario (a relative minority in Canada, compared to the United States) were loudly opposed to Trudeau’s actions. Gwen Landolt, of the “REAL Women of Canada” group (a group which, according to their website, believes that the nuclear family is the most important unit in Canadian society and which blames all social disorder on the fragmentation of said nuclear family) made, according to Pink News, what she presumably believes were scathing remarks directed at the Prime Minister.
“Justin Trudeau in his boyish enthusiasm for the homosexual agenda fails to understand that he is the Prime Minister of Canada and not the Prime Minister of the Homosexuals.”
“Raising a homosexual flag on Parliament grounds displays the narrow, extremist, and exclusive viewpoint of the current Liberal government. The rainbow flag represents the views of an activist special interest group only. To raise this flag is offensive to all Canadians who have knowledge and concern about Canada’s history, culture and traditions.”
Unfortunately for Ms. Landolt, she does not appear to be among those Canadians who have knowledge of Canada’s history, culture and traditions, which generally begin with protecting human rights.
Prime Minister Trudeau remains undaunted, indicating that he intends to walk in Toronto’s Pride Parade, the first sitting Prime Minister to do so. Trudeau, who is something of a regular at Pride events and who launched his campaign for Prime Minister at the Vancouver Pride event last August, said that “it’s not going to be my first time,” to laughter from the crowd.
The “Campaign Life Coalition,” another anti-LGBT “conservative Christian group,” echoed Landolt’s sentiments through member Jeff Gunnarson and their own news site, LifeSiteNews – which, incidentally, is not remotely forthcoming about their affiliation.
“It comes as no surprise that Trudeau and the Liberal government will do anything to grant special rights to appease the Gay lobby. That said, it is heartening to see Justin do something that will get him zero extra votes next election from Canadians who are deeply concerned about the direction he is taking our country.”
It is doubtful that Prime Minister Trudeau particularly wants those “extra votes” – nor would he have been getting them anyway, and they probably don’t amount to very much in any case; something Gunnarson and Canada’s seriously-diminished anti-LGBT voices will find out for themselves come next election.
Meanwhile, Trudeau has a brand-new title to be proud of, courtesy of Gwen Landolt: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Homosexuals.
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