Alex Blaze

Canadian Guide Mentions Gays

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 15, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Quote of the Day
Tags: Canada, Jason Kenney

"We expect people who want to become Canadians to have a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities and the values and institutions that are rooted in Canada's history," he said in a statement.

--Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, on the citizenship guide to Canada's new inclusion of same-sex marriage

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For context, Jason Kenney is actually one of the most anti-gay members of the Conservative government. This statement comes a few months after a scandal in which it was revealed that he had instructed staff to remove all mention of LGBT Canadians from the Citizenship guide -- then when called on it, he promised to put the statements back in, only for the subsequent edition to go to print without fulfilling that promise. This is a case of "third time's the charm."

Even with the sentence that's now included, it was worded carefully to exclude trans people, because of Bill C-389, a trans protections bill which is still awaiting passage by the Senate, and which the Harper government wants to kill.

So the statement sounds more altruistic than it really is.