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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting for a response from the NDP [crickets chirping]

Back in October, a group of Conservative MPs, including Foreign Minister John Baird and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, recorded anti-bullying videos for Dan Savage's It Gets Better campaign, which is designed to help gay teenagers deal with homophobic bullying. The MPs made the videos in response to the suicide of Ottawa teenager Jamie Hubley. There was considerable criticism at the time and many, including Dan Savage himself, were outraged that presumably homophobic Conservatives dared to weigh in on the issue.

In particular, NDP MP Randall Garrison, the NDP critic for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, drew on deep wells of contempt and snapped that
... the Conservatives' video "fails to understand the basic concept" of the campaign, adding that message only works if delivered by openly gay people.

"And there's a shortage on the Conservative side," he said. "You can't do these (videos) if you're not an out, gay person."
Fast forward to Queen's Park, where today Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, a Liberal, released his own "It Gets Better" video:
Today, Premier Dalton McGuinty delivered a simple message to Ontario students who are bullied or feel alone: it gets better, and we can make it better, together.

The Premier met students at L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute in Toronto, where he also released his "It Gets Better" video, which encourages students, teachers, parents and community members to do their part to help end bullying and intolerance.
I assume that Mr. McGuinty, married, father of four, is not an out gay person. Over to you, Mr. Garrison.


Anonymous said...

I was wondering the same thing...not holding my breath though.

hunter said...

McGuinty is also Catholic, and you know how intolerant ALL those Catholics are.../sarc

Reid said...

NDP MP Randall Garrison, the NDP critic for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues

Ok... I thought that the Opposition critics portfolios were to line up with the Governments Ministerial portfolios. Uhmm... who exactly is the Minister for GLBT????

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Actually Jack Layton made a video too.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Very much like your boot banner, BTW!

Eric said...

Thanks, Joanne - I've had a few nice comments about the banner. I took that photo in Austin Texas last year at Allen's Boots on South Congress Ave.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Ah, even better that it's an original. Well done.