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.