Published On: Mon, May 5th, 2014

In 2014 Should Gay Politicians Stay in the Closet by Jamie Gilcig POLL #cdnpoli

CFN - In this day and age can a politician keep their sexuality private?  Should gay candidates disclose if they are gay in 2014?   Of course people are entitled to their privacy, but being a public servant is a role of trust.

In particular here in Canada is the Conservative Party which many have claimed has a “Glass Ceiling” for gay members.

jbairdcw1Can John Baird for example, who has done some strong work advocating for gay rights in other countries, truly be himself as a Conservative in the Harper team?  Can he become leader of the party and replace Mr. Harper at some point or would his sexuality be an issue among the party faithful?

Locally there are two prominent politicians that are closeted; one far more than the other although those close to them surely would not be surprised.

bobBernieShould they be forthright with the public?   Do we have a right to know?

Is Bernadette Clement for example a single gal or hiding a long time relationship even when stumping for MP or Council here in Cornwall?

I asked the amazingly talented writer Matthew Hays about this subject.   Mr. Hays has been a long time activist as well as editor and contributor to multiple media outlets, as well as teaches journalism.

Matthew Hays - photo via Facebook

Matthew Hays – photo via Facebook

I would be genuinely surprised if a candidate were to run in 2014 in Canada and somehow expect to remain closeted about their sexual orientation. I suppose if they were in a very conservative party whose base was anti-gay, then perhaps they would remain closeted. But in this day and age, I would still find it surprising. I think what puts off many voters is hypocrisy and dishonesty in politicians and the system. If someone has the guts to be open about their being gay, my suspicion is that might even set them ahead of the pack.

Mr. Hays wrote a piece back in 2012 in Xtra LINK

Now that the National Post has declared the ruling Conservatives the new best friends of the gay community, it raises the question: if these people are such warriors for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights, why hasn’t even one of their MPs stood up and come out?

Wynne Truck CornwallWith Ontario having an openly gay Premier in Kathleen Wynne, and dedicated long term MP’s like Scott Brison is it honest for politician’s to stay closeted.  Is it an urban vs rural issue?  Are those in cities like Toronto and Ottawa more open and tolerant than say in Cornwall with our political cover ups and Project Truth?

 

Is it appropriate to ask a politician if they’re gay as has happened with current warden of the counties Eric Duncan, who’s on a fast track to becoming MP of our riding and is the mayor of North Dundas, and super helper to current MP Guy Lauzon?  Should his sexuality impact his amazing achievements at such a young age and with many stating that he is the main cog of the local “Big Blue” machine which has led to massive majority wins for Lauzon and current MPP Jim McDonell as well as himself?

Is it honest for a Politician to stay in the closet in 2014?

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  1. Hey Hugger1 you once said– sorry if people took your comments the wrong way!
    I wish you no ill will at all
    Your comment below missed the point i was trying to make and possibly its the way i wrote it..if so i am sorry..
    I just mentioned you and Jules filled that comment section that is on Jamie’s home page
    My point was that usually that isn’t the case and many names are on that list.
    My point was that Jamie said long ago on his naughty and nice column that even when he tried to post positive stories it was the negative stories that attracted many more readers and commentators

    So I was just pointing out that when Jamie wrote this column..which has a small negative story line..people read and commented in far greater numbers.
    Again you and Jules can comment all you want but I would think CFN is a better news site if many more join the discussion
    all the best
    Ronald

    Hugger1 says:
    May 7, 2014 at 7:17 am

    @StopDrone/strikes…..and the problem being exactly what when Jules and I decide to comment on stories?

  2. Peter Jenkin says:

    Jamie
    I would willing to bet the farm that SF editors are so short staffed that NOBODY even read that LTE
    and it really didn’t stand out on that opinion page that had several letters above it.
    Now this isn’t proper Journalism but Sun Media is-in my view-short staffing local papers and using the money to keep that dreadful Sun News Network on the air.

    admin says:
    May 7, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Well his counterpart at the CAJ didn’t have his staff ask Mayor McGillis or apparently fact check the political smear LTE either.

  3. Hugger1 says:

    @StopDrone/strikes / Ronald: Not a problem. I agree I find “negative” type stores tend to attract more comments that “good news” stories. I tend to get on a roll when I comment, I’ll comment on a few or several stories in a row, rather than wait for others to reply to my comments.

  4. Hugger1 says:

    @Peter Jenkin: I agree. The CSF seems to be short-staffed, probably as you say “using the money to keep that dreadful Sun News Network on the air.” I know from time to time the CSF has printed on the same day the same LTE letters that have appeared in the Ottawa Sun. I think the CSF cherry-picks their LTE’s. If the LTE’s don’t go along with their view they don’t get published.

  5. jules says:

    Stop Drone/Strikes I wish that other people would comment and there are names that used to post and I don’t see them anymore. Even those who read don’t post. I seem to be a piece of entertainment for all and good I am glad for that. I sure do get wacky at times (at times????) a lot of times. I think that I am a bit more calm today. I said it before that people should post and say what they think. Many of my posts are not published and I am not saying anything wrong but just that it isn’t what Jamie wants to put in. I encourage others to post their ideas. Nobody is going to bite you we need all the help that we can contribute.

  6. Mr. Newton……{MODERATED}….anyone who is not brainwashed is not entitled …right?……the biggest bigots read the bible non stop……they are the first to think they are special amongst the rest of us….who just live to be good…….we’re all going to hell right?….think about your hypocricies next time you ingest the body of God……the body that is only there for ” Some ‘ of you…….homosexuals will reach heaven before the rest of you….simply for the misery you put us through…{MODERATED}.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT WE SUPPORT A SAFE FORUM FOR COMMMENTS. PLEASE DO NOT ATTACK OTHERS. DEBATE THE PRINCIPLES, NOT THE PERSON.

  7. “DEBATE THE PRINCIPLES, NOT THE PERSON” – from a Biblical perspective. Sodomy is listed in many places in the Bible along with other sins that merit God’s wrath, and bars the practitioner from every getting to Heaven. As one embraces this sinful life style, such is a sure sign that there is no grace operating in their life – “such shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.

    But there is more, the sin of sodomy and its acceptance is a sign from Heaven that God is abandoning a society to “vile affections”(Romans 1). The Biblical term for such abandonment is what is called reprobation. A reprobate is one who has destroyed one’s moral compass, and has abandon themselves to all manner of ungodliness and unrighteousness. A society is reprobate when it hates what God loves, and loves what God hates, and seeks to exterminate all light of revelation – ie the Bible, The Truth, Creation, and yes, the witness of Christians.

    This stage of God’s righteous judgment from Heaven is the last step before a society is physically destroyed, either from within, or from without by an enemy that God rises up. This abandonment, in our case, is aggravated by fact that the West, like Canada and the U.S.A. have been influenced by Judeo-Christian principles from the Bible for many years. Abandonment to vices, to unrighteousness, to lawlessness, and to human oppression on all sides, and yes, sexual perversion is God’s way of punishing the wicked. Psa 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God”. How is this done? The following historical prophecy did in fact come to pass upon the nation of Israel – just as God said it would.

    Jer 13:13-14 “Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them”.

    Is there no turning back? Is there no removing of God’s wrath?

  8. David Oldham says:

    Sexual orientation is a personal choice matter best left on the sidelines. When individuals deliberately wave banners I become cautious of their intentions. I was raised to be tolerant and empathetic and to consider the person first. However the flag waving is growing tiresome. Why not take the nonsense to the next level and insist that taxpayers fund heterosexual parades and promotion. Have we not digressed far enough as a society for that?
    Let us all simply consider the person first and leave sexual orientation out of the equation altogether.

  9. Furtz says:

    David. Sexual orientation isn’t a choice anymore than skin colour is. Who would choose to belong to a group that has been vilified and persecuted for centuries?

  10. David Oldham says:

    Furtz you are correct, sexual orientation is simply a personal matter whereas sexual practice is a matter of choice. As for who would choose to belong…masochists, attention seekers, etc.

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