The BC Liberal Leadership Committee has rejected Aaron Gunn’s application to join the party’s leadership race, but BC Liberal leadership candidates have refused to do the same.
Gunn holds anti-2SLGBTQ+ views and recently doubled down on his belief that teaching medical students to respect gender identities is “garbage political correctness.” (CKNW, Oct 13 2021, 10:40AM)
No leadership contenders have said if other candidates with anti-2SLGBTQ+ views, like former MLA Laurie Throness and Margaret Kunst (who voted against a rainbow crosswalk), are part of their vision for the party.
Throness defended the practice of “conversion therapy” on 2SLGBTQ+ kids last summer. He was approved to run in 2020 despite his comments.
The BC Liberals’ internal campaign review explained that anti-2SLGBTQ+ views are traditionally permitted in the party because: “There is a belief, correct or otherwise, that alienating socially conservative Christian voters will make it impossible to assemble a winning coalition.”
BC NDP MLA Aman Singh:
“I’m glad to see the BC Liberal leadership committee make this decision. But it doesn’t mean anything if the next leader of the BC Liberal Party doesn’t draw a clear line against discrimination. Anyone running for the job should tell British Columbians now if anti-2SLGBTQ+ candidates like Aaron Gunn, Laurie Throness and Margaret Kunst would be welcome in their party.”