When the Tom Lukiwski scandal broke last month (after it was revealed he used hateful, homophobic language in a 1991 video), I was impressed by his immediate and seemingly heartfelt apology. He looked like a deer caught in headlights. I remember thinking at the time there was no doubt his apology right down to the wording had been carefully stage-managed by the PMO to minimize embarrassment and damage to the government.
I must admit it seems I and many others were fooled into believing Lukiwski's apology was genuine. After reading stories like this, it now seems clear Lukiwski's remorse was as meaningless as Harper's climate change plan. Since the scandal, after Lukiwski dealt with the national media, he seems to have forgotten about the very people he was slamming in the 1991 video and to whom he owes more than a simple, swift apology. He has yet to respond to any requests for meetings from local LGBT groups in Regina.
The hateful words Lukiwski uttered in the 1991 video betrayed a truly ignorant attitude, cloaked in humour. Spoken at age 40, many observers doubted that he could've changed his opinions much since. The Tory defence was to claim Lukiwski never believed the words he spoke in 1991, that he was just joking around for the Tory cameras.
I doubt Lukiwski has truly learned anything from this (except how to orchestrate damage control in the national media). To date, it looks like Lukiwski simply got away with making some hateful comments against gays. It also seems the Harper government is sending out the message that hatred against the LGBT community is completely tolerable. This is disgusting.
My message to Lukiwski is clear: the words you uttered in that video are so hateful and despicable, you still need to make peace with the LGBT community in this country. What you've done to date simply doesn't cut it. This scandal will not fade away (and I'm glad some media outlets continue to report on it).
Until Lukiwski reaches out to his LGBT constituents and asks directly for their forgiveness, this matter will not be closed and Lukiwski will just be another politician who got away with spouting off bigotry.