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Conservatives in #ableg may be mystified by the apparent unwillingness of the LGBTQ community to "give them an inch" when it comes to matters related to human sexuality - be that GSAs, Sex Ed curricula, or other related topics. There's a reason for this. /1
It's a long series of betrayals that go back decades. But I'll start with the early 1990s, when Delwin Vriend was fired from his job for being gay. /2
It would be 1998 before the final SCC ruling on this case. Nearly a full decade where it remained perfectly legal in Alberta to fire someone because they were gay. The Alberta government fought including homosexuality under its rights legislation the entire way. /3
The 1998 SCC ruling was a victory, but one nested in repeated betrayals of the LGBT community by a government which refused to do the right thing in legislation.… /4
It would be 2009 before the Stelmach government would finally address the Vriend ruling in legislation. Another DECADE where political considerations (a polite euphemism for keeping the religious conservatives happy) took precedence over doing the right thing. /5
Then Minister Lindsay Blackett slipped a bunch of clauses into the education act about "parental consent" which effectively undermined any inclusion with respect to the incredibly important topics of sex education. /6…
Now, that same year, Alberta's PC government "randomly" decided to axe funding Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) in a round of cuts to Alberta Health "to save money". /7…
Yes, that's another betrayal of trust. Even Klein managed to not step over that line, but in the same year that we got Blackett's two-faced bill implementing Vriend, this happened as well. /8
Fast forward to 2014, and we have @laurieblakeman putting forward her GSA protection bill (Bill 202, IIRC). Which Prentice immediately shut down and tried to supplant with his own version under the guise of what became known as Bill 10. /9
Before you start thinking "oh, well that's reasonable - the government of the day has the right to create its own legislation on a matter of importance", I'd like you to read just how poorly designed Bill 10 really was:… /10
It wasn't until there was a general public uproar that the government backed away on Bill 10 and promised to review it and make a better proposal. (I really felt badly for @SANDRAYYCNW on this one - she got put in a terrible position by the party brass) /11
If you don't think this wasn't seen as another betrayal of trust, you are sorely mistaken. /12
Then let's talk for a moment about the various political parties and candidates over the last decade or so that eventually came together to form the UCP. /13
Anyone else remember Alan Hunsperger? Yeah - he was the WRP candidate who wrote the "Lake of Fire" post that enabled then-WRP leader Danielle Smith to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. /14
Bozo eruptions like that happen in any party, but it was no secret just how much control the anti-LGBT SoCons had in the WRP. Hunsperger was far from the only anti-LGBT candidate to run under that banner - he just got caught. /15
WRP party policy conventions were routinely a laundry list of SoCon causes:… /16
and then along comes Jason Kenney to form the "United Conservative Party". A more objectively hostile leader for this new party is hard to imagine. /17
Add to that a record of refusing to disclose donors, not talking about policy (outside of "NDP bad"), not presenting any kind of plan for how he would implement policies, etc., and it's hard not to see him as less than trustworthy. /18
Lastly, the succession of candidates who have appeared who seem to be willing to cozy up with white supremacists, and more classical SoCon causes, and it's not hard to understand why there is so much skepticism. /19
Trust has to be earned, and decades of betrayals are multipliers. /20 ~fin~
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