By Jonathon Van Maren
As I’ve already written over the past several days, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole worked behind the scenes to ensure that Justin Trudeau’s so-called “conversion therapy ban” would pass through Parliament with unanimous consent. This incredibly dangerous bill could actually jail parents for opposing sex changes for their children and conversations between pastors and parishioners. I wrote about that legislation and its passage here and here, and conducted interviews with people impacted by this legislation here and here.
I won’t belabor the point , and we still don’t have a good explanation from the many parliamentarians (and now senators) who expressed grave concerns about the implications of this law before backing it by granting unanimous consent. But it is worth noting that with a leader as socially liberal as Justin Trudeau in every way—from backing puberty blockers for children, attacking parental rights (Bill C-4), and backing the abortion industry to the hilt—the Conservative Party of Canada is rapidly becoming indistinguishable from the Liberal Party. Yes, there are many socially conservative MPs. That didn’t do us much good this past week. They didn’t moderate O’Toole—he dragged them along with him.
One of the best descriptions I’ve head of O’Toole is that he’s someone who wants to be a great man but has no idea how to go about it. That’s why he’s trailing along behind Trudeau on every moral issue of our day, not offering any counterpoint but saying “Me too! Me too!” He doesn’t want to represent conservatives: he wants the very people he has contempt for to give him a crack at 24 Sussex just because he isn’t the younger-looking but actually older Liberal version of himself. Which, after the past week, really isn’t good enough. Trudeau stands by his convictions, as much as that should terrify us. O’Toole doesn’t appear to have any, and he is remaking the Conservative Party in his image.
Just to give you an idea of the depth of O’Toole’s cowardice, consider this little anecdote from Chris Elston, Canada’s one-man movement opposing puberty blockers for kids:
Friendly reminder that Conservative leader Erin O’Toole walked 300 yards out of his way just to avoid ‘me.’ I was wearing a sign that read ‘Children Cannot Consent to Puberty Blockers.’ The Conservative leader can’t even walk by a peaceful man objecting to sterilization of kids.
Just think about that for a moment. Canadians—children—need protection from ideologues, activists, and political radicals. Not a single politician is standing up for them, and Erin O’Toole is ensuring that the Conservative Party of Canada becomes just another enforcer of the Sexual Revolution. There’s no firewall. There is nothing standing between the LGBT activists and their entire agenda, from the destruction of parental rights to the elimination of pastoral ones. Barbara Kay, the National Post columnist and one of the only reporters in this farcical country with any guts, responded to Elston’s story with an absolutely perfect encapsulation of O’Toole’s leadership:
He should have stayed in the military, where other people tell you who the enemy is, and when to stand and fight.
I don’t think anybody is going to do better than that.