NDP candidate Spencer Herbert is calling for the resignation of B.C. Liberal candidate Marc Dalton over “disturbingly homophobic comments”.
Herbert, who is running in Vancouver-West End, is also demanding that B.C. premier Gordon Campbell address the statements made by his party’s nominee in Maple Ridge-Mission.
In a 1996 e-mail to a fellow school teacher, Dalton wrote: “I am not against homosexuals as people, but I do not support their lifestyle choices. I believe homosexuality is a moral issue. Most of us agree on many morals: respect, honesty, kindness. There are also many behaviours and acts that most of us would not condone: rape, robbery, assault, drunken driving, pedophilia, incest and so on.
He continued: “There are other moral issues that large segments of our society do not see eye to eye: gambling, abortion, adultery, pornography. I believe that homosexuality fits in this category.”
The NDP circulated the e-mail today (April 24) in a press release.
“Gordon Campbell said that his party has a vigorous screening process,” Herbert said in the release. “Either Mr. Dalton chose not to disclose these comments or they are acceptable to Mr. Campbell. If Mr. Dalton hid his homophobia he should be asked to resign. If Mr. Campbell approved the candidacy knowing of these statements he should do the right thing, denounce these comments and fire this candidate.”
On April 19, NDP candidate Ray Lam withdrew from the election race in Vancouver-False Creek after sexually provocative Facebook photos surfaced and were published by the media.
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