Con­ser­va­tive’s Scheer not an LGBTQ ally

Sackville Tribune - - OP-ED - Ger­ard Veld­hoven Re­fo­cus Ger­ard Veld­hoven is a for­mer area res­i­dent and long­time gay rights ac­tivist. Courtesy of New Brunswick’s De­part­ment of Her­itage.

A cute Howdy Doody grin and dim­ples, a de­vouted fam­ily man and an evan­gel­i­cal right-wing ide­ol­ogy “do not nec­es­sar­ily a good politi­cian make.”

I am re­fer­ring to Canada’s newly minted Con­ser­va­tive leader, An­drew Scheer. In true Stephen Harper fash­ion, he has con­sis­tently voted against equal rights for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity and abor­tion rights. In­di­ca­tions are strong that he will carry on the same prin­ci­ples as his pre­de­ces­sor.

Harper and the vast ma­jor­ity in the Con­ser­va­tive party have his­tor­i­cally not been on side with the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. Most of the lead­er­ship con­tenders are ANTI-LGBTQ. Like­wise with our Repub­li­can neigh­bours in the United States, neg­a­tive reli­gious in­flu­ence pen­e­trates the minds of many re­sult­ing in a sweep of vi­o­lence and dis­crim­i­na­tion and halts, or in­deed slows pos­i­tive ac­tion.

Mr. Scheer has in­di­cated that he will not re­visit the same-sex mar­riage is­sue and is no doubt re­lated to the fact Mr. Harper was not suc­cess­ful in rev­ers­ing the mar­riage laws to be only be­tween a man and a woman. How­ever, this is not carved in stone and if Mr. Scheer feels strongly enough about the is­sue he just may make an­other at­tempt. His state­ment may just be his way to soften his im­age.

rep­re­sent­ing West­mor­land County. Born in Dorch­ester, Landry comes to sym­bol­ize the re­birth of the Aca­dian spirit in New Brunswick.

– The Sieur de Mons and Sa­muel de Cham­plain land on a small is­land in Pesku­tu­maquadik (Pas­samaquoddy Bay), at the mouth of the Ku­natauk­tuk Skoodik (St. Croix). They name the is­land Sainte-croix, and es­tab­lish the first French colony in North Amer­ica.

– “The Stan­dard” re­ports that Au­guste Bel­liveau, who op­er­ates the Duke Ho­tel in Monc­ton, holds the Scott Act record for the city – hav­ing been ar­rested 13 times, within a few hours, for sell­ing al­co­hol.

– Esther I. Clark of Fred­er­ic­ton be­comes the first

A per­son who is ANTI-LGBTQ and anti-abor­tion will not be a friend or ally. Cana­dian vot­ers, of course, will have the op­por­tu­nity to choose be­tween a per­son who sup­ports and re­spects our in­di­vid­ual iden­ti­ties, one who sim­ply does not care and there­fore in­dif­fer­ent to our needs, or a leader who has the ca­pac­ity to take away our rights that may turn the na­tion into a down­ward spi­ral, as far as equal rights for all is con­cerned.

In in­ter­views An­drew Scheer has made it quite clear that he is a so­cial con­ser­va­tive and there­fore could be in­flu­enced strongly by his reli­gious con­vic­tions, namely, his evan­gel­i­cal ide­ol­ogy. Time will re­veal the kind of di­rec­tion we will ex­pe­ri­ence. The fact we live in Canada does not guar­an­tee our equal­ity as hu­man be­ings. Presently, we

fe­male min­is­ter in New Brunswick, when she is hired as pas­tor of the Bap­tist Church in Grangeville.

– Vis­count Richard B. Ben­nett, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Canada, dies in Mick­le­ham, Eng­land. Born in Hopewell Hill, Ben­nett prac­tised law in Chatham be­fore mov­ing to Calgary, and served as prime min­is­ter dur­ing the De­pres­sion years (1930-35).

– Coro­na­tion of Queen Vic­to­ria.

– The Hon. Gil­bert White Ganong, co-founder of Ganong Bros. Ltd. of St. Stephen – and “the sweet­est man on the St. Croix” – is ap­pointed Lieu­tenant­gov­er­nor of New Brunswick.

– Dr. John Vondy of Chatham dies from ty­phus in feel for­tu­nate and quite con­fi­dent, but we also re­al­ize how sim­ple it is to choose a leader and his/her supporters and change di­rec­tion.

We are well aware that with the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump, the ar­ro­gant, anti-rights U.S. president, has the ca­pa­bil­ity to undo what­ever Bar­rack Obama had ac­com­plished. Obama even urged other na­tions to em­brace LGBTQ equal­ity.

Le Pen, the right-wing pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in France, was de­feated and in The Nether­lands, right-winger Geert Wilders was also de­feated by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin. It was a great win for both coun­tries. Wilders and Le Pen were ready to turn equal­ity into a death quell. It could have over turned into right-wing con­ser­va­tive ide­o­log­i­cal gov­ern­ments.

the quar­an­tine sta­tion on Mid­dle Is­land, while car­ing for the dis­eased vic­tims of the im­mi­grant ships “Loosh­tauk,” “Richard White,” and “Bo­li­var.” He is buried in a lead dou­ble cof­fin in nearby Chatham.

– Fe­male teach­ers

We thrive for equal­ity, world­wide. We yearn to be treated equally. We wish to com­mu­ni­cate in earnest for a more in­clu­sive so­ci­ety, and live in a world of peace, re­spect and love. So far, much of this has eluded us.

The Trumps, the Putins, leaders of Eastern na­tions and many oth­ers are not in favour and LGBTQ peo­ple are de­nied proper ac­cess to their needs and stand to be imprisoned, beaten and even killed.

They do not rec­og­nize in­clu­siv­ity. After all, equal rights are hu­man rights. In Canada we are more for­tu­nate than in most other coun­tries. Let’s keep it that way.

Com­ments and In­for­ma­tion: lgbt­con­nec­tion­sgv@gmail.com. in New Brunswick are given equal pay with men. The Schools Act of 1903 had dis­tin­guished be­tween male and fe­male teach­ers re­gard­ing salary lev­els.

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