Canadian candidate resigns due to blog post on bus beheading

A conservative Canadian political candidate for Toronto in the forthcoming Canadian elections has been forced to resign after appalling comments about the Manitoba bus beheading on his blog were discovered.

Chris Reid wrote on his (now deleted) blog “Political Thoughts From a Gay Conservative” August 10 that the Manitoba bus tragedy could have been prevented if other passengers had intervened, which they would have done if they had been carrying guns.

“Passengers and the bus driver stood by and watched another person being butchered, and couldn’t muster up any courage or self-sacrifice to intervene…This is where socialism as (sic) gotten us folks, a castrated effeminate population.”

“This is a perfect example of why we need concealed-carry handgun legislation in this country, so we can defend one another and deter horrible events such as this. But what are our politicians talking about? More government regulation and security.”

CBC reports that the Conservative party only became aware of the blog comments after Reid had resigned.

One note for lovers of web widgets: the cache version of Reid’s blog shows that the blog had a readability score of genius according to one widget provider that grades content….EPIC FAIL.