Saskatchewan

Regina MP canned over comments on gays

Saskatchewan Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer was fired as family issues critic and temporarily resigned from caucus for comments he made to the media about homosexuality.

Saskatchewan Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer was fired as family issues critic and temporarily resigned from caucus for comments he made to the media about homosexuality.

Spencer said there is a conspiracy to seduce and recruit young boys in playgrounds and locker rooms and that there is also an infiltration into the North American judiciary, schools, religious community and entertainment industry by homosexuals.

Larry Spencer's apology

I wish to apologize completely and without reservation for the personal comments I made in an interview yesterday with Peter O'Neil of the Vancouver Sun.

I retract the statement I made indicating I would support a bill to criminalize homosexuality. I do not believe that homosexual behaviour should be criminalized or that homosexuals should be persecuted.

I apologize for linking the homosexual community with pedophilia. I was wrong to draw such an inference.

I apologize to my colleague Svend Robinson. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Robinson as both an individual and as a parliamentarian.

Lastly, I apologize to Stephen Harper, the Canadian Alliance caucus and supporters of the soon-to-be formed Conservative Party of Canada. I take full responsibility for my comments. They do not, in any way, reflect the views of my leader nor my party. This is why I volunteered to withdraw from the Canadian Alliance caucus.

I will not be making any further public comments on this issue.

The one-time Baptist pastor blamed former prime minister Pierre Trudeau for starting the problem by legalizing homosexuality in 1969.


Svend Robinson responds to Spencer's comments

"It's so sad that we have to take an issue like this and be asked to put the Good Housekeeping seal of approval on it without being allowed to tell the truth and talk about facts," he said.

According to Spencer, those facts include a far lower life expectancy than straight men due to AIDS and other health problems, comparing the spread of such diseases to the use of toothpaste. Spencer said that if life expectancy was lowered by using Colgate toothpaste it would be outlawed, so why isn't that the case with homosexuality?

He went on to say that there will soon be a push to legalize polygamy and pedophilia.

Spencer then said that practising homosexuals like New Democratic MP Svend Robinson, could transform themselves into heterosexuals with proper training, comparing the procedure to long-distance running or weight-lifting.

After firing Spencer party leader Stephen Harper also accepted the temporary resignation of the Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre representative from the party's caucus.

While addressing reporters before a caucus meeting in Ottawa Harper described Spencer's comments as totally unacceptable saying they do not reflect the party's stance on homosexuality.

Svend Robinson said that he was surprised that the Progressive Conservative Party was interested in merging with a party that has people like Spencer in their midst, saying how shocked he is that the MP was given the position of Family Values Critic.

Harper said that when he named Spencer to the position he was clear what the party's policy on such matters were and there was no indication he did not understand that policy.