Voters have the right to know politicians' personal beliefs
Is it fair to question a politician's personal belief?
"For myself I don't believe in evolution and that doesn't mean I speak for everyone in my caucus. That's a personal belief, a personal stance." -- Ontario MPP Rick Nicholls
Ontario MPP Rick Nicholls raised a lot of eyebrows with that statement earlier this week. It came after an exchange in the provincial legislature in which he shouted out that it might not be a bad idea to allow schools in Ontario to opt out of teaching evolution.
Today, we're asking if an opinion about evolution should be treated differently from other personal beliefs and what voters are entitled to know about the values of the people who represent them.
Dan Riskinis an evolutionary biologist and the author of "Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You." He was in Toronto.
Elizabeth Mayis the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, and the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands. She was in Vancouver.
We did request an interview with MPP Rick Nicholls but we were told he would not be available.
Do you think politicians should disclose their personal beliefs?
This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant and Howard Goldenthal.
♦ Ontario Tories distance themselves from anti-evolution MPP - The Canadian Press
♦ Tory MPP Rick Nicholls says he doesn't believe in evolution - The Toronto Star
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