What does it mean to be an ally of the LGBTQ+ community?
To some folks, it means adhering to a brand of far-left wing politics, the type of stuff that would make Bernie Sanders blush.
But at LGBTory, we judge people on their record – and Jason Kenney has a record that clearly puts him in the ranks of LGBTQ+ allies. There are few politicians in this country who have done as much as he has for the Canadian and global LGBTQ+ community.
Undoubtedly, left wing ideologues will scoff at that suggestion, based on commentary from a time well before progressive paragons like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were promoting LGBTQ+ rights. The left likes its double standards, where Canadian society, left wing politicos and everyone-but-conservatives are able to “evolve.” Tories, on the other hand, are cast aside as unmoving bigots, despite hard evidence that proves the exact opposite.
During his time in Ottawa, Kenney proved himself to be,not only an ally, but a legitimate global defender of LGBTQ+ rights. It was Jason Kenney who, as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, took the necessary and vital steps to set up a prioritized refugee program for sexual minorities fleeing persecution in their own countries. That strong, global stance was especially important for gay Iranians who faced imprisonment and death for simply existing in their home country. This was unprecedented for Canada and saved the lives of many vulnerable LGBTQ+ people. Incidentally, this program was mothballed by the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.
Jason Kenney made it the policy of the government of Canada to save the lives of our brothers and sisters. That’s what an ally does.
Though he rarely brings it up himself, during his time attending college in San Francisco, Mr. Kenney volunteered in one of North America’s first AIDS hospices. He dedicated his time to care and human dignity while much of the world was ignoring the devastation of HIV and AIDS. That’s what an ally does.
As the leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, while negotiating the merger of Alberta’s two conservative political parties, he ensured that any new party would be one that stood for the rights and dignity of all citizens. When that party came into existence as the new United Conservative Party of Alberta (UCP), among its constitution’s founding principles was enshrined “the rule of law, equality of all before the law, and protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms of all.” That’s what an ally does.
When the left-wing organizers of Calgary and Edmonton Pride parades told the UCP and LGBTQ+ conservatives that they weren’t welcome, Jason Kenney led his party in those cities to celebrate Pride anyway.
Jason Kenney has spent his career in public service fighting for the fundamental rights and dignity of all human beings. He has a strong record of support and help for the LGBTQ+ community, both in Canada and abroad. That makes him an ally, and we’re proud to have him fighting on our side.