The Alberta NDP released their latest attack ad on UCP leader Jason Kenney, taking him to task for statements he made about the role he played in overturning a domestic partnership law in San Francisco.
The NDP are hoping Albertans believe this is Jason Kenney's true homophobic face, now exposed to the world.
The problem is, these are comments Kenney made nearly 20 years ago about something he did 30 years ago - before some NDP MLAs were even born. They’re also comments Kenney says he doesn’t stand by, and that he deeply regrets.
So what’s the problem? Do the NDP not believe people can evolve? That’s a bizarre position to take after spending the last five years claiming they’ve evolved from their anti-resource, anti-pipeline, “no new approvals” protest days.
Today I'll show you why I'm less concerned about Jason Kenney's ancient history than I am about the NDP's recent track record - you know, things that have happened in this century.
Over the last ten years, Kenney has worked to save the lives of persecuted sexual minorities, primarily in the Islamic world, while the under-qualified NDP spent their time going to high school, posing for rape culture album covers, making homophobic comments, praising socialist tyrants, and intervening against the construction of Canadian pipelines.
The NDP shouldn’t be going on an archaeological excavation through any party’s history on LGBTQ rights. They might unearth comments made by progressive saint and founder of the NDP, Tommy Douglas, who considered homosexuality a mental illness requiring treatment. Of course, the NDP will judge Douglas in the context of the era in which he lived and spoke, but will never afford that same even-handed judgment to a conservative.
Attending pride parades in rainbow costumes is just virtue signalling in front of first world news photographers. It changes nothing and does nothing of any substance and is often a tool to cover bad behaviour - like when Liberal men profess their feminism.
Making tangible policy that results in saving lives, as Jason Kenney did in his time in federal politics, and making someone's sexual preference the last thing we care about when we judge someone is real action, real progress, and real equality.
It makes life better and freer for everyone. And conservatives own that corner of the market.