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Tory leadership hopeful McIver in damage control after march with anti-gay group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calgary Herald   
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

By James Wood and Chris Varcoe, Calgary Herald June 20, 2014

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The controversy over his march with a vocally anti-gay group has seriously damaged Ric McIver's chances of winning the Tory leadership, political analysts say.

Photograph by: Ted Rhodes Ted Rhodes , Calgary Herald

As rain pounded down in Olympic Plaza on a grey Thursday morning, Ric McIver stepped into a crowd of reporters to stop his Tory leadership campaign from sliding into his own “lake of fire.”

A little more than two years ago, controversial comments from a pair of Wildrose candidates — including a suggestion that gays would be punished for eternity in a lake of fire — helped sink the party’s chance of winning the provincial election against the PC dynasty.

Now, an emotional McIver — under the gun for participating in a religious march whose organizers had posted anti-gay comments online — moved to salvage his own campaign, apologizing and distancing himself from street minister Artur Pawlowski.

Analysts say the two episodes show how any connection to such views has become radioactive in Alberta politics. At the same time, social conservative issues — once part of mainstream debate in the province — are increasingly avoided by political parties.

“The risk of turning off the progressive voter is far greater than the reward of attracting the social conservative voters,” pollster Ian Large said Friday.

Large, vice-president with Leger, noted in the 2012 general election that polls indicated one in four PC voters turned away from Wildrose during the campaign after candidate Allan Hunsperger’s “lake of fire” comments were revealed.

Lethbridge College pollster and political scientist Faron Ellis said polling he’s conducted over the years shows a significant majority of Albertans support abortion remaining a private choice, while the backing of same-sex marriage has increased dramatically to reach two-thirds support.

“There are social conservatives out there, but they’re a declining bunch,” Ellis said Friday.

McIver, a former alderman and the MLA for Calgary-Hays, is facing Jim Prentice and Thomas Lukaszuk in the race to win the Progressive Conservative leadership and become the next Alberta premier.

With selling party memberships of prime importance, opponents have suggested McIver has been targeting social conservatives in his campaign.

Lukaszuk accused him last week of attempting to create a “wedge issue” by raising and defending a section of the Human Rights Act that gives parents the right to pull children out of class if sexuality, sexual orientation or religion are on the agenda.

Liberal MLA Kent Hehr said McIver’s participation in last weekend’s March for Jesus — the fourth year he took part in the event — was a clear play for socially conservative voters.

McIver cut the ribbon to start the annual march organized by Pawlowski, who wrote in a blog that last year’s flood in southern Alberta was caused, in part, by God’s unhappiness with gays.

In his Thursday news conference, McIver — who has defended Pawlowski in the past — said he attended the parade as a Christian, but was not aware of the “ugly, negative, nasty, untrue” anti-gay comments online.

He brushed off a question as to whether he had been attempting to woo social conservative voters. “Where we are now is nothing to do with strategy — it has to do with me not doing my homework,” said McIver.

Mount Royal University political analyst David Taras said that if McIver was intending to appeal to social conservatives, the controversy will make that more difficult because of the scrutiny he now faces.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/politics/Tory+leadership+hopeful+McIver+damage+control+after+march/9960785/story.html

 
Cue The Persecution Complex 3...2...1... PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Concerned Christians Canada was one of Craig Chandler's creations ... until he sold it to its current owner when the political heat got a little to much.

To nobody's surprise, according to CCC's Jim Blake, Ric McIver has been done a grave injustice by the National Post (and other media outlets) for talking about his participation in Pawlowski's "March for Christ" event.

Jen Gerson, with the National Post, wrote an article a couple of days ago stating that Ric McIver has ties to an “anti-gay” evangelical named Artur Pawlowski. 
Firstly, I worked closely with Artur Pawlowski on various Christian events (including the Night on the Street for the Poor, March for Jesus, public youth worship events, various Christian festivals, etc) and acted as a mediator between he and various officials on several occasions. I came to know Artur very well and can attest to the fact that I witnessed, on many occasions, Artur inviting people of all backgrounds and persuasions to various events he was involved in, or events that Street Church itself had hosted. I dare say that they would likely not have invited him to their events, by the way. 
Many people have accused him of being “anti-gay”, merely because he stands on the Bible as the truth, and stands for sexual relationships that align with it. But just because Artur is very vocal about the fact that he stands firmly against homosexual relationships and acts, and against the public promotion of that lifestyle, does not mean that he does not show compassion and a willingness to serve those practicing homosexuality at the table his ministry sets up. Week after week, I would see Mr. Pawlowski serve many of Calgary’s most downtrodden people and always showed a heart of service that is unparalleled in any community. Among those who came out, were people involved in homosexual relationships whom he would serve. He would talk with them, and pray with them, and for them, when they would allow him to. By doing so, he repeatedly and consistently demonstrated that he does not hate people because they identify themselves as homosexuals, rather he sees the homosexual lifestyle as a destructive force in a person’s life, whom he would say was created in the image and likeness of God.

Well yes, I'm sure Pawlowski likes to make a big show of all the "good" he is doing.  That is irrelevant here.  The issue is not even Pawlowski's event, or even the philosophical stance that Pawlowskis (or Blake's) understanding of Christianity take with respect to homosexuality as it is about the sincerity of McIver's damage control apology.

Secondly, I find it sickening that people like Jen Gerson are still writing such intolerant articles against Traditional Christian values. After all, we are told that Canadian society is a “tolerant” one, yet Jen in the clear tone of the article, would have us believe that since Ric McIver is merely associated to the likes of homeless advocate Artur Pawlowski, his leadership ability should be questioned and his candidacy denied. What seems clear from her June 14, 2014 article is the real truth of the matter, which is that she does not like social conservatives or social conservative values, and that she is willing to smear and defame any public figure that would hold those values, or who would in any way be associated with those who do.

Nobody is "persecuting" McIver for his beliefs here.  Calling out hypocrisy, perhaps.  Disingenuity?  Definitely.

Pawlowski is not just a "homeless advocate".  He is a man who wants to ram his religiosity down everybody's throat ... and does so regularly.  Don't believe as he does?  You're on the wrong side of his god.  He's well known for preaching against homosexuals, and we're supposed to ignore that because he helps the homeless?  Uh no.  It doesn't work that way.

Where McIver is concerned, the real question isn't just his association which Street Church and March for Jesus, but rather what are his sincere views.  Does he believe that GLBT people are lesser citizens?  Does he support Pawlowski's anti-abortion, anti-divorce stances?  Where does McIver stand?

Blake then moves on to try and give us a lesson in civics:

Perhaps Jen Gerson, and those like her, should take some lessons from the “real” Charter of Rights and freedoms that clearly states the following: 
Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law: 
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. 
Then under the section following called FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS: 
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: 
(afreedom of conscience and religion;(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and(dfreedom of association. 
As seen above, the charter doesn’t just allow those identifying themselves as homosexuals or “gay” the liberty to live in sexually immoral lifestyles, Biblically speaking, it also allows perfectly reasonable and loving people to believe that the choices that these people are making are detrimental to them and to society as a whole. Similarly, there are those who believe that it is not compassionate to speak against abortion, or divorce, or premarital sex, or gambling, or drug addiction, or pornography addiction, or alcohol abuse, or drunk driving, or any such thing, and they are entitled to hold that opinion and to debate their viewpoint vigorously and even advocate for it. The same can be said, in a free and democratic society, for those who want to see the word “sin” restored to society, and who want to see traditional family values, virtue, integrity, honesty and morality to be promoted in society due to their merits.

Well, Mr. Blake.  Let me bring a few more details of interpreting the Constitution to your attention.  First of all, the premise statement about the "supremacy of God" is in the preamble, and mysteriously does not stipulate which particular notion of God is held to be "supreme", nor does any other part of the Constitution of this country stipulate any particular faith as having supremacy.  This is important, especially in a society where there are so many faiths practiced (and no small number of people who consciously choose not to practice any religion at all).

Second, Mr. Blake seems to misunderstand the fundamental freedoms in S2.  All of those are indisputably individual freedoms.  They do not extend beyond the individual per se.  Mr. McIver, Mr. Blake and everybody else in Canada all bear those freedoms without question.  That does not grant any of them the right to impose their beliefs upon others either directly or indirectly.

Further, Mr. Blake fails to understand one additional point.  Nothing in those freedoms shields anyone from the consequences of their exercise of those rights.  Mr. McIver is absolutely free to associate with Mr. Pawlowski's church, or whatever else he wishes.  Nobody will charge him with anything for it.

That said, Mr. McIver is a politician - a public figure - and one who is angling to become this province's next premier, and possibly the premier for the next four years after an expected 2016 election.  Mr. Pawlowski's preachings may well carry with it a price when it is put in front of the electorate.  Mr. McIver knew that when he started participating in Street Church events, and he knows it now.  When it comes to political figures, the public has a right to know what a candidate believes, and whether or not he would act on those beliefs legislatively.  McIver now has the unfortunately difficult job of convincing a public that has come to see homophobia as electoral poison that his association with Street Church doesn't influence his legislative beliefs.

http://crystalgaze2.blogspot.ca/2014/06/cue-persecution-complex-321.html

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:47
 
Sincerity Is Hard In Politics PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Apparently, PC Leadership Candidate Ric McIver hasn't learned that lesson.

After getting caught in a firestorm over ribbon cutting the "March For Jesus" event the same weekend that others were at the Edmonton Mayor's Pride Brunch, he issues the following rather flaccid retraction:

He says he blames himself for not doing his homework and calls the group’s rhetoric — quote — “ugly, nasty and mean-spirited.” 
He says he doesn’t believe in or support the Street Church anymore and his relationship with it is over. 
McIver plans to continue his run to become Alberta’s next premier and wants the group to remove his name and photos from its website.

Considering that McIver has appeared at these events for multiple years, it seems just a trifle implausible that he didn't know what the group represented.  In fact, given the known links between McIver and Craig Chandler (Chandler managed McIver's campaigns for Alderman in the 1990s, although publicly McIver distanced himself from Chandler after getting elected), and Pawlowski (the organizer of this march), it seems more than just a little unlikely that McIver didn't know what Pawlowski represented and believed.

More to the point, according to the National Post, McIver considers Pawlowski a friend:

Ric McIver is a regular at this city’s March for Jesus: In 2013, he cut the ribbon for the parade. Mr. McIver has said he considers the march’s organizer, well-known local evangelical Artur Pawlowski, a friend.

Let's be clear here, in the light of the long time connections between McIver and Pawlowski, McIver's dodges and attempts to minimize the meaning of what attending Pawlowski's march really means ring hollow.

As Mr. McIver’s association with the church bloomed into apparent scandal on Monday, Mr. McIver tried to walk a fine line. He said he did not support the views of the evangelical group, but he did not condemn it. 
“As an Albertan and if chosen Premier, I do and will continue to defend equality rights for all Albertans as defined in the Charter, including sexual orientation. I deplore discrimination against all groups and individuals without exception,” he said in a statement released Monday. However, “I shall continue to attend events celebrating the diversity of Alberta.”

 No, McIver, I think you knew full well what you were doing when you attended that parade, and who you are courting for support.  Not that I would ever vote for you in the first place, but your mealy-mouthed attempts to dodge taking responsibility for your actions simply tell me that you are another right-wing politico trying to follow Preston Manning's exhortation to hide what you believe until you get elected and then act on it when in office.

That is the worst kind of political dishonesty I can ever imagine, and it is exactly the kind of dishonesty that makes me wonder how you can sleep at night.

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Edmonton we need your help! If you are living in Edmonton area please help us to get few more signatures. We are short of 50 for the nomination papers. Help us elect a good man as our future Premier of Alberta.

Here is an link how you can help:
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For such a time as this!

Brothers and sisters in Christ, a friend of ours is running as a candidate for the leadership of the Alberta PC Party. His name is Ric McIver, this man on many occasions has proven to be a man of his word. Throughout the 12 years of Street Church Ministry, he was the only alderman that would stop to talk to the homeless people asking them how they where doing. Ric McIver is also the Calgary’s only politician to ever publicly support and personally come and officially open every year the March for Jesus in Calgary since it's reinstatement in 2010. Mr. McIver not only supports Christian initiatives, he publicly endorses them. We have witnessed this politician stand up for the issues such as, freedom of speech, the rights of the poor, smaller government and responsible budgeting and spending.

What amazes us the most is that he stood for those values as a Calgary Alderman and later when he was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly he did not change. This shows that this man can hold his convictions despite the pressures of a higher office and his peers.

This is what this province needs, this is what this country needs. Please help us spread the word around. He still needs some signatures for his nomination papers, especially if you live close to the Red Deer area.

This is our chance to support and elect a man that is willing to do what is right, a politician that is not changing his opinion every five minutes. If you are looking for somebody that can fix and heal this province after so many scandals, Ric McIver is that man.

Think about what God can do with a man that is not ashamed of him? Please help us to elect Ric McIver as the new Premier of Alberta.

Esther 4:14

14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Ric McIver Minister of Infrastructure during official opening of the March for Jesus 2014 in Calgary!
Photo: For such a time as this! Brothers and sisters in Christ, a friend of ours is running as a candidate for the leadership of the Alberta PC Party. His name is Ric McIver, this man on many occasions has proven to be a man of his word. Throughout the 12 years of Street Church Ministry, he was the only alderman that would stop to talk to the homeless people asking them how they where doing. Ric McIver is also the Calgary’s only politician to ever publicly support and personally come and officially open every year the March for Jesus in Calgary since it's reinstatement in 2010. Mr. McIver not only supports Christian initiatives, he publicly endorses them. We have witnessed this politician stand up for the issues such as, freedom of speech, the rights of the poor, smaller government and responsible budgeting and spending. What amazes us the most is that he stood for those values as a Calgary Alderman and later when he was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly he did not change. This shows that this man can hold his convictions despite the pressures of a higher office and his peers. This is what this province needs, this is what this country needs. Please help us spread the word around. He still needs some signatures for his nomination papers, especially if you live close to the Red Deer area. This is our chance to support and elect a man that is willing to do what is right, a politician that is not changing his opinion every five minutes. If you are looking for somebody that can fix and heal this province after so many scandals, Ric McIver is that man. Think about what God can do with a man that is not ashamed of him? Please help us to elect Ric McIver as the new Premier of Alberta. Esther 4:14 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Ric McIver Minister of Infrastructure during official opening of the March for Jesus 2014 in Calgary!


The upshot of this:  McIver has been in bed with this group since at least 2010.  It took him this long to figure out that he was cavorting with a bunch of raving homophobes?  Bull Feathers.  He was courting votes, plain and simple.

http://crystalgaze2.blogspot.ca/2014/06/sincerity-is-hard-in-politics.html

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 23:31
 
Ric McIver regrets March for Jesus, calls anti-gay remarks ‘ugly, nasty’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calgary Herald   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

By James Wood and Chris Varcoe, Calgary Herald June 19, 2014

After days of growing criticism, Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ric McIver apologized Thursday for participating in the March for Jesus, saying he was unaware of “ugly, negative, nasty, untrue” anti-gay comments posted by the event’s organizer.

But McIver’s explanation was met with skepticism by critics who noted the long-standing relationship between the former Calgary alderman and the march planner, a local street preacher.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since the controversy erupted, McIver vowed to stay in the Tory leadership race, adding he wants to make it “very clear that I always have believed, and still do, in diversity and equality for all Albertans — gay, straight, every race, creed.”

“When you make a mistake, you have to admit it. Here I am, admitting it, and I apologize,” he said.

“I didn’t check the website, with all of this, you know, ugly ... nasty mean-spirited stuff on this website that there is no excuse for, and I apologize for drawing attention to it.”

On Sunday, the Calgary-Hays MLA cut the ribbon to start the annual march organized by Calgary street minister Artur Pawlowski, who wrote in a blog that last year’s flood in southern Alberta was caused, in part, by God’s unhappiness over homosexuality.

“He is weeping for the perversions of homosexuality,” Pawlowski wrote.

McIver’s participation in the march drew fire from several corners and he issued a statement Monday saying he deplores discrimination.

However, the former Alberta transportation and infrastructure minister faced more calls — including one from Premier Dave Hancock — to further explain his position.

McIver has spoken out previously in support of Pawlowski and the Calgary Street Church, defending the minister in a video posted on the group’s website.

But he insisted Thursday the anti-gay attitudes were news to him.

McIver said he’s had a friendly relationship for years with Pawlowski, having watched the Street Church feed the poor and homeless in front of Calgary city hall. He was invited to join the March for Jesus, something he’s done for four consecutive years.

“I am a Roman Catholic and a Christian, proud to be that, so there it is. I went and showed up. It is an expression of my faith. What I did not do — and what I regret and what I apologize for — is I didn’t do my homework,” McIver said.

“The Christian faith is love your neighbour like you love yourself. What is on that website is ugly.”

The first-term MLA, who said he has accepted an invitation to attend a gay rodeo in the coming weeks, told reporters he will no longer be associated with the march.

Pawlowski did not return calls to the Herald this week and is currently out of the country, according to the Street Church.

Liberal MLA Kent Hehr said he didn’t buy McIver’s apology and said he would be “flabbergasted” if he hadn’t known Pawlowski’s views.

“Clearly Mr. McIver knew what he was doing when he marched in the parade. He understood what votes he was trying to get and he understood what that group represented,” said the Calgary-Buffalo MLA.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Alberta+leader+candidateRic+McIver+regrets+March+Jesus/9954879/story.html

 
Ric McIver regrets March for Jesus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calgary Herald   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

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After days of growing criticism, Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ric McIver apologized Thursday for participating in the March for Jesus, saying he was unaware of "ugly, negative, nasty, untrue" anti-gay comments posted by the event's organizer.

But McIver's explanation was met with skepticism by critics who noted the long-standing relationship between the former Calgary alderman and the march planner, a local street preacher.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since the controversy erupted, McIver vowed to stay in the Tory leadership race, adding he wants to make it "very clear that I always have believed, and still do, in diversity and equality for all Albertans - gay, straight, every race, creed."

"When you make a mistake, you have to admit it. Here I am, admitting it, and I apologize," he said.

"I didn't check the website, with all of this, you know, ugly ... nasty mean-spirited stuff on this website that there is no excuse for, and I apologize for drawing attention to it."

On Sunday, the Calgary-Hays MLA cut the ribbon to start the annual march organized by Calgary street minister Artur Pawlowski, who wrote in a blog that last year's flood in southern Alberta was caused, in part, by God's unhappiness over homosexuality.

"He is weeping for the perversions of homosexuality," Pawlowski wrote.

McIver's participation in the march drew fire from several corners and he issued a statement Monday saying he deplores discrimination.

However, the former Alberta transportation and infrastructure minister faced more calls - including one from Premier Dave Hancock - to further explain his position.

McIver has spoken out previously in support of Pawlowski and the Calgary Street Church, defending the minister in a video posted on the group's website.

But he insisted Thursday the anti-gay attitudes were news to him.

McIver said he's had a friendly relationship for years with Pawlowski, having watched the Street Church feed the poor and homeless in front of Calgary city hall. He was invited to join the March for Jesus, something he's done for four consecutive years.

"I am a Roman Catholic and a Christian, proud to be that, so there it is. I went and showed up. It is an expression of my faith. What I did not do - and what I regret and what I apologize for - is I didn't do my homework," McIver said.

"The Christian faith is love your neighbour like you love yourself. What is on that website is ugly."

The first-term MLA, who said he has accepted an invitation to attend a gay rodeo in the coming weeks, told reporters he will no longer be associated with the march.

Pawlowski did not return calls to the Herald this week and is currently out of the country, according to the Street Church.

Liberal MLA Kent Hehr said he didn't buy McIver's apology and said he would be "flabbergasted" if he hadn't known Pawlowski's views.

"Clearly Mr. McIver knew what he was doing when he marched in the parade. He understood what votes he was trying to get and he understood what that group represented," said the Calgary-Buffalo MLA.

Kris Wells, director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta, welcomed McIver's apology, but said the Tory leadership hopeful needs to back up his talk through actions.

"It sounds a lot like someone who is desperately back-pedalling to me," Wells said.

"This is an apology because it's become a news story. I wonder if it's actually a genuine apology or not."

In September, Tory members will select a new leader, who will automatically become Alberta's next premier.

Other candidates for the PC leadership include former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk and former federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice.

Lukaszuk said Thursday the public should accept McIver's apology, but the incident demonstrates that people in public office need to research the groups they get involved with - and politicians must always stand up on issues that involve people's basic rights.

"I firmly believe that as leader, you cannot be silent when there's a discussion about violating human rights," Lukaszuk said.

In Edmonton on Thursday, Hancock said the website's comments were "reprehensible" and it's up to McIver to explain why he was involved in the event.
"In public life sometimes you get associated with people, you get your picture taken a lot," said Hancock.

"You do have to do some work to ensure that you're not engaging in events which could be associated with beliefs that are not your beliefs."

- With files from Mariam Ibrahim, Postmedia News


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Ric McIver apologizes for taking part in March for Jesus PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

 The Canadian Press

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Former Calgary city councillor Ric McIver has resigned his provincial cabinet post, and is expected to announce his intention to run in the PC leadership race on May 7, 2014.

CALGARY – Alberta Tory leadership hopeful Ric McIver has apologized for his participation in a parade held by a group with anti-gay sentiments, but he doesn’t plan to pull out of the race to be the province’s next premier.

The member of the legislature from Calgary was criticized by his own party for taking part in last weekend’s March for Jesus organized by the Street Church, which on its website condemns gay people as the minions of Satan.

McIver says he became involved with the group when he was a city alderman and the Street Church would hold barbecues for the homeless.

“The basis of the relationship was a friendly … hello as people were being fed in front of city hall,” he said Thursday at a media availability. “That led to accepting an invitation to attend the March for Jesus.”

McIver said he blames himself for not doing his homework.

“I didn’t check the website. I’m angry. Anybody who’s angry, I agree with them. Nasty, mean-spirited stuff on this website. There’s no excuse for.”

He said he doesn’t believe in or support the Street Church anymore and his relationship with it is over. He wants the group to remove his name and photos from its website.

He’s asking for forgiveness from the public and admits he made “a big mistake.”

McIver plans to continue his leadership run against former federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice and fellow Alberta legislature member Thomas Lukaszuk.

He said his situation is different than the one a Wildrose party candidate faced during the 2012 election campaign. Allan Hunsperger warned gays to abandon their homosexuality or face eternity suffering in hell’s “lake of fire.”

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith refused to cut Hunsperger loose and some analysts suggest it was a turning point for the party, which had been polling strongly, but failed to win the election. The party has since reiterated that it believes in equality for all.

“There were negative things said before the last election and there were officials that did not argue with those comments,” McIver said. “This is much different because I’m saying the opposite. I’m saying those comments are ugly. They’re abhorrent. I don’t support any of them.”

In Edmonton, Premier Dave Hancock said while politicians can be overwhelmed by the people they meet and the people they get their picture taken with, “you do have to some work to ensure that you’re not engaging in events that could be associated with beliefs that are not your beliefs.”

Jim McCormick, Progressive Conservative party president, said earlier this week that closed-mindedness or intolerance have no place in the party and its members are expected to follow its statement of principles.

McIver had originally responded on his Facebook page, where he said he was at the parade to celebrate his Roman Catholic faith and had attended the march for the last four years.

He said he also attends events with Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus and Jews and deplores discrimination against all groups and individuals.

— With files from CHQR

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