Supporters of Spencer Chandra Herbert are feeling miffed after learning that the Vancouver–West End NDP MLA is not Canada's first openly gay premier.
One member of the NDP caucus contacted by the Straight insisted that Chandra Herbert has far superior credentials for this honour than Kathleen Wynne, a lesbian just anointed as premier-designate of Ontario.
"Spencer's smarter than her, Spencer's wittier than her, Spencer's better-read than her, and Spencer dresses better than her," said the politician, who insisted on anonymity. "Hell, have you ever seen Kathleen Wynne wear a hat like Spence? There's no comparison."
Over at Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium, a customer erupted in a rant after hearing news of Wynne's victory in the Ontario Liberal leadership race.
"That's bullshit," he declared. "She's a politician who doesn't make a big deal out of her sexual orientation. Spence, on the other hand, isn't afraid to be loud and proud. Did you see him at last year's Pride parade? He was one hot sailor boy."
At the Fountainhead Pub on Davie Street, there was even more grumbling. One patron noted that Chandra Herbert introduced a private member's bill in the legislature to try to get the Human Rights Code extended to cover transgender people.
"When the hell has Kathleen Wynne ever done anything like that?" he snorted in disgust.
Another man in the bar pointed out that Chandra Herbert is his party's tourism critic, whereas Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty never gave Wynne an economic portfolio.
"How do we know that she can even count?" he asked.
Up the street at the India Bistro, one staff member highlighted the fact that Chandra Herbert has far more insights into her community than Wynne ever had.
"I bet that Ontario politician doesn't even know who Shahrukh Khan is," she said. "Spence, on the other hand, can talk at length about Indian cinema. He had phenomenal insights into Kareena's performance in Talaash."
The NDP tourism critic is apparently taking the disappointing news in stride. According to one unnamed source, his partner Romi consoled Chandra Herbert by noting that Wynne still hasn't been elected by the public to the top job.
"You can still become Canada's first openly gay elected premier," Romi reportedly said.