With the decision of Conservative leader Erin O’Toole earlier this month to push forward a motion to fast-track Trudeau’s so-called conversion therapy ban and grant it unanimous consent despite it being an incredibly dangerous piece of legislation, many were left stunned that not a single MP stood up to oppose it. Dozens opposed the same bill prior to the election–the only changes that have been made since rendered Bill C-4 significantly worse than Bill C-6. Many social conservatives feel betrayed and have been saying so.
Yesterday, the head of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus and MP from the riding of Peace River-Westlock Arnold Viersen released a statement explaining what happened from his perspective. He apologized for not standing up at the time and reaffirmed his previous position. It takes humility for a politician to publicly apologize, and the other Members of Parliament who presumably still oppose Bill C-4 but didn’t stand up should follow his lead. Right now, it looks to many like they have changed their minds on the issue. Here is Viersen’s statement, and here is ARPA Canada’s response to it.