If this writer responded to every idiotic article and statement passing through the pages of the National Post he would be unlikely to leave the confines of his desk. Nevertheless, there are moments when an article appears that is so earth-shatteringly naive and idiotic that it deserve a response. In today's paper, columnist Tristin Hopper raises the question "have the Harper Tories become unlikely warriorsfor gay rights?" He then proceeds to outline a litany of areas in which the Harper Conservatives have been advancing the cause of gay rights across the globe.
On the surface is does seem like the party has done a rather sudden about face on the issue. Its stance of queer issues has seemed to soften. This reflects a few factors. First, the reality is that the tide of public opinion has turned sharply against the social conservative membership of the party. By and large Canadians – by a healthy and steadily growing majority - support the gains made by the LGBT community. There is less outright hostility en masse to equality of treatment, whether it is for social benefits or the rights to marry. Moreover, this is broadly the view of the median voter, a segment of the population that was indispensable to the party’s victory in 2011.