(FreedomJournal.org) – Richard Décarie was hoping to be a part of the Conservative Party race in 2020 in Canada. However, that might come to a crashing halt quickly because of his apparently bigoted views.
While Décarie hasn’t actually registered to run in the election, many senior Torries are calling on their Conservative Party to block his candidacy. Why? Because of this statement he gave to Evan Solomon of CTV:
“Being ‘gay’ is a choice.”
Décarie didn’t stop there, though. He backed up his statement by saying to CBC that, “marriage should be exclusive between a man and a woman, like it was traditionally. The base of a family that is the base of a society.”
Those comments immediately sparked backlash from Calgary M.P. Michelle Rempel Garner and other top-level Torries. They feel his comments should eliminate him from contention in the race.
Still, Décarie has his supporters, including the powerful M.P. Derek Sloan, who is already predicted will make it difficult for the committee to reject Décarie‘s candidacy because of what he said.
For his own part, Sloan said he doesn’t agree with Décarie‘s comments at all, telling CTV that one’s sexual proclivity is “scientifically unclear” at the moment.
“Science right now is saying that, yes, there’s biological components, but there’s many other factors that play into it and they don’t even know how they all work together,” he said.
Sloan will not be running on a platform that will bring gay marriage into the debate at all, he said. He further believes that Décarie‘s comments were blown out of proportion a bit.
Décarie also said that there are others in his party that have expressed similar views to him privately, and that they all deserve to be heard. In two tweets sent on January 27, he wrote:
- When asked last week if I should be allowed to run, John Williamson MP said,“Absolutely. Look, we’re going to have a robust debate, I think, on all the issues across the conservative spectrum.”
- When Arnold Viersen MP was asked last week if I should be allowed, he said, “It comes off as elitist if we say, well, ‘You’re a correct kind of conservative, and you’re not a correct conservative. We’re a big tent party.”
Décarie is also gaining support from others who say that, no matter what he believes, he should have a right to express his views and debate about them.
Tanya Granic Allen, who once ran in a leadership race in Ontario, is one of those people, saying, in part: “Candidates who think that they are the deciders as to what is allowed to be debated or not, candidates who speak ill of social conservatives like that, in my opinion, they have no place in the Conservative Party; they should be running in the Communist Party.”
What comes of this situation in Canada’s Conservative Party race for 2020 has yet to be seen. But it looks like, for now, free speech will win out over one group’s views.