Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) Leader Jason Kenney, above, has ‘evolved’.
He is no longer the man that Christian conservatives could count on to demonise homosexuals and abortion supporters – and they are not happy.
Jeff Gunnarson, National President of Campaign Life Coalition complained:
It’s very disappointing. Jason Kenney and the pro-life movement have a long history. He was part of the pro-life caucus at one time. He used to be known as a faithful Catholic, a church-going Catholic who strived for the things of God. Now he’s abandoned fundamental moral tenets of the Christian faith.
According to Gunnarson, left, Kenney is also shooting himself in the foot by distancing himself from the UCP’s socially-conservative base of support.
He’s trying to play both sides of the political spectrum, the right and the left, but by saying his position has ‘evolved’ he’s hurting his party. Many social conservatives will be disgusted by Kenney’s abandonment of principles and will stay home on election day.
Unless there is a significant walk-back of his seeming embrace of the culture of death, he has just lost a significant portion of the pro-life vote … Even fiscal conservatives cannot be filled with confidence, watching Kenney jettison his former guiding principles.
If one can throw away moral principles today, how easily might other small-c conservative principles ‘evolve’ tomorrow, given enough time and leftist pressure?
Gunnarson spoke out after Kenney’s earlier homophobia was exposed by a pro-LGBT lawyer on Twitter.
Kyle Morrow tweeted on Nov. 12:
Jason Kenney (@jkenney) wants to block gay adoption, defund abortion and invoke the notwithstanding clause [to stop homosexual ‘marriage’].
Attached to that tweet was an audio recording of Kenney praising another politician “who fought with me to end taxpayer-funded abortions” and to “prevent gay adoption.”The Star, a large daily newspaper in Toronto, picked up on the tweet, and contacted the United Conservative Party. The newspaper was reportedly told in a statement Kenney’s stand on those issues has changed in the almost two decades since that recording was made.
At the time, Jason’s view was no different than that of the Alberta government of the day. Nearly two decades have passed since this audio was recorded and, in that time, the views of Canadians have evolved dramatically, as have Jason’s.
Gunnarson will be even more infuriated by a commentary on LGBTory, which describes Kenney as “an ally”.
There are few politicians in this country who have done as much as he has for the Canadian and global LGBTQ+ community.
Undoubtedly, left wing ideologues will scoff at that suggestion, based on commentary from a time well before progressive paragons like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were promoting LGBTQ+ rights. The left likes its double standards, where Canadian society, left wing politicos and everyone-but-conservatives are able to ‘evolve’.
Tories, on the other hand, are cast aside as unmoving bigots, despite hard evidence that proves the exact opposite.
During his time in Ottawa, Kenney proved himself to be,not only an ally, but a legitimate global defender of LGBTQ+ rights. It was Jason Kenney who, as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, took the necessary and vital steps to set up a prioritized refugee program for sexual minorities fleeing persecution in their own countries. That strong, global stance was especially important for gay Iranians who faced imprisonment and death for simply existing in their home country. This was unprecedented for Canada and saved the lives of many vulnerable LGBTQ+ people. Incidentally, this program was mothballed by the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.
When the left-wing organizers of Calgary and Edmonton Pride parades told the UCP and LGBTQ+ conservatives that they weren’t welcome, Jason Kenney led his party in those cities to celebrate Pride anyway.
Jason Kenney has spent his career in public service fighting for the fundamental rights and dignity of all human beings. He has a strong record of support and help for the LGBTQ+ community, both in Canada and abroad. That makes him an ally, and we’re proud to have him fighting on our side.