The Conservative Party of Canada has a gay problem.
But times have changed, thankfully. Inwe amended the Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation.
Seven years later, we began to legalize same-sex marriage, and two years after that it was legalized nationally. Mercifully, Canadian values continually change.
Citizens adopt new values. The reason why is a bit of a mystery.
Other politicians of all stripes, including provincial Tories, were there. Those darn commitments always seem to pop up for the Conservatives. To be fair, some are brave enough to abandon the charade.
And in this regard, the Tories are once again being left behind. According to recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute, 85 per cent of Canadians are willing to vote for a party that is led by a gay man; 84 per cent would accept a gay woman.
Over the past 30 years, we have become one of the most progressive countries in the world on this issue.
Canadians are among the most open-minded about almost everything: This is an indisputable fact that the Conservative party is eventually going to have to acknowledge. Being the only party on the right of the political spectrum, the Tories can always count on some votes.
The relatively large number of party members who supported social-conservative candidates like Trost and Scheer will not be in play during the next election. And no matter whom the NDP chooses as its leader, these voters will not go orange either. Scheer will only find new votes among more moderate Canadians.