Sunday, June 1, 2008

Tom Lukiwski is a lying, homophobic bigot!

Based on his actions to date, I think I have every right to make the statement in the headline above.

Tory MP Tom Lukiwski said in a 1991 video: ""There's As and there's Bs. The As are guys like me. The Bs are homosexual faggots with dirt on their fingernails that transmit diseases.''

As I've stated before, his statements were so profoundly hateful, he needed to do more than provide a swift apology to the national media in Ottawa. He needed and still needs to make amends with the LGBT community in Canada, especially in his home town of Regina.

Now we've learned Lukiwski skipped a key moment to show he's changed his bigoted colours this weekend; he was a no-show Saturday at Regina's gay pride parade. Gay groups said they were disappointed that the Regina-Lumsden MP didn't even respond to an invitation to attend the parade.

"Mr. Lukiwski stated in his public apology ... that he would spend the rest of his life making amends,'' said gay pride spokesman Nathan Markwart. "Well, when exactly does that kick in?

"It is clear that his apology is less than sincere and is, in fact, hollow as it has not been followed up with any concerted effort to join our celebrations as an elected official who respresents gays and lesbians in Regina and surrounding area.''

Markwart noted that the disappointment was heightened by their understanding that Lukiwski was in the Regina area this weekend.

As far as I'm concerned, Lukiwski's actions are those of a man who truly believed what he said in the 1991 video and, based on his statements against equal marriage as late as 2005, still harbours considerable bigotry towards the gay community. His apology in April was absolute bullshit. With so many eyes on him still, it's despicable he thinks he can get away with this.

What kind of culture exists within the federal Conservative caucus which allows an individual like Lukiwski to arrogantly behave like this without penalty?

I'm very glad to see many bloggers speaking out against Lukiwski today, with hopefully more to come.

3 comments:

Travis said...

Lukiwski was really in a no win political situation. If he had attended he was not going to gain anything but potentially piss off his traditional base. If he is truly sorry he didn't have to go the parade but he should have atleast met with the community by now. Though, really this shouldn't be something that remains simply an issue within the Conservative Party. Homophobic comments are things that are said by members of all political parties in the backrooms when the public is not looking. It is how the backrooms work that must be changed.

MERBOY said...

Travis said...

"Though, really this shouldn't be something that remains simply an issue within the Conservative Party. Homophobic comments are things that are said by members of all political parties in the backrooms when the public is not looking."

It remains an issue with the Conservative Party because they did nothing about his comments... they, like many accepted his apology... at this point it's quite obvious his apology was complete BS and the party should do something... well if as an institution they gave a damn about gay people... and I think we all know they don't.

Travis said...

I'm not saying it shouldn't just be an issue with the Conservative party but with how political backrooms work. If people are truly wanting to make sure these kinds of comments do not happen then they have to change the attitude in the backrooms of political campaigns. Certainly, Tom should have been dropped from his Parliamentary Secretary position. And should have met with the gay community in Regina. However, people seem to be missing the fact that his comments were/are a good time to reveal the fact that his comments are not uncommon in political camapigns no matter what political party based on my experience. Yes, Tom is completely in the wrong but I am not going to simply attack him when his comments are said in joke form by others in our own political party.